Tourist gets too close to a bi­son

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

For the sec­ond time in three weeks, a bi­son se­ri­ously in­jured a tourist in Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park who ap­par­ently un­der­es­ti­mated how quickly the an­i­mals can move.

The bi­son tossed a 62year-old Aus­tralian sev­eral times into the air. The uniden­ti­fied man was hos­pi­tal­ized with se­ri­ous but non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Park of­fi­cials said sev­eral peo­ple had crowded the bi­son as it lay on the grass near a paved side­walk not far from the fa­mous Old Faith­ful geyser.

“The bi­son was al­ready get­ting ag­i­tated,” Yel­low­stone spokes­woman Amy Bartlett said, when the man stepped for­ward and snapped pho­tos with an elec­tronic notepad just three to five feet away from the an­i­mal.

Park of­fi­cials rec­om­mend get­ting no closer to a bi­son than 25 yards.

When the bi­son charged, the vic­tim could not es­cape. Bi­son can weigh as much as a small car and run three times faster than a per­son.

It was the sec­ond bi­son attack in Yel­low­stone since sum­mer tourist sea­son be­gan a month ago. On May 16, a bi­son in the Old Faith­ful area gored a 16-year-old girl from Tai­wan as she posed for a pic­ture near the an­i­mal. The girl was treated at a hos­pi­tal for se­ri­ous but not lifethreat­en­ing in­juries and re­leased, Bartlett said.

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