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Yellowstone Bison Attack Photo-Taking Tourists Twice Within Past Month

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In this 2013 file photo, a bison and her calf in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 09:56 AM

A Yellowstone bison attacked and injured a man this week in what marked the second incident at the national park in a month.

In the most recent encounter on Tuesday, a 62-year-old man from Australia came within 3 to 5 feet of one of the animals to try and snap a photo. The bison charged, tossing the man into the air several times, park officials told CNN. He was hospitalized briefly and later released.

Officials caution visitors not to come within 25 yards of the animals due to their unpredictability and agility, as they can run three times faster than humans.

“I just don’t think people realize how fast bison move,” Yellowstone spokeswoman Amy Bartlett told the Portland Press Herald. “They’re big animals, but they move quickly. And so when a bison becomes agitated, it doesn’t take him long to cover that short distance.”

The first incident occurred May 15 when a 16-year-old Taiwanese exchange student visited the national park with her host family. The group had stopped to watch some bison grazing close to the trail, standing between three and six feet from the animals.

“The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her,” the Yellowstone Park Service told CNN.

The student suffered severe injuries.

Both incidents occurred in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone, although the 2,300 to 5,000 bison population can be found all over the park, CNN noted.

While these particular individuals may not have bothered the bison directly, the mere presence of lots of tourists can contribute to an irritable mood that causes the creatures to become aggressive.

“Possibly, the person who ends up being gored or attacked is maybe not the one who is harassing the animal,” Bartlett told CNN. “(The animal) may have been approached all day long . . . eventually the animal reaches its breaking point and charges people.”

Though the park is overrun with yellow warning signs and officials hand out safety materials, there are visitors gored by bison every year, according to the National Park Service. At times, the attacks can be fatal, CNN noted.

“Visitors are reminded that Yellowstone wildlife is wild,” the National Park Service reported. “Wildlife should not be approached, no matter how tame or calm they appear.”

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