Woman gored in bison attack in Yellowstone National Park

People in the crowd got increasingly close to the animal, according to park officials, saying "at one point, people were closer than 15 feet from the bison".

- A Santa Rosa woman was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park, the fourth wildlife-related injury at the park this month. She's in good condition, officials said Thursday.

Earlier in the week, two women were injured by elk, one on Sunday and another on Tuesday. She attempted to back away but the elk pursued and struck her with its legs in the head and torso. She was taken by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital.

According to the National Parks Service, bison have lived in Yellowstone since prehistoric times, but went almost extinct in the US after excessive hunting in the 1800s. Park officials aren't sure if it was the same elk.

It's not known if this was the same elk involved in the incident on June 3. Past year there were five bison attacks in the park. Always stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals, including bison and elk.

As noted by Yellowstone officials: animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be.

This incident is being investigated by Park staff; there is no word yet on whether the woman will be cited. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space". "If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route".

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