There seems to be an unprecedented rise in wild animal attacks on humans in recent years. Some say it’s an impact of global climate change, others continued development and encroachment on animal habitats, and still, others see it as yet another sign of the End Times of the biblical apocalypse.
Whatever the reason, it is happening more often, and it has happened again. This time a woman was nearly killed by bison during a visit to Yellowstone National Park.
At first, there were reports that the woman from Ohio had been killed by the beast; however, the latest reports are that she was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and remains alive.
She was gored and tossed 10 feet into the air, witnesses say.
According to a news release, the 25-year-old woman approached the bison within 10 feet on the Monday of May 30, and two other people were within 25 yards of the animal.
As the bison walked near a boardwalk, the woman got closer, and the bison attacked her, tossing her dramatically into the air.
The woman suffered a severe puncture wound and other injuries, park officials said. She did not die at the park as was first reported and was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center; park officials told the press.
The woman’s name has been withheld, and the full extent of her injuries remains unknown.
Park rules require visitors to remain more than 25 yards from the animals, the largest mammals in North America, which are unpredictable, can top speeds of 35 mph, and can jump several feet.
An estimated 2,300 to 5,500 bison live at the park, and they have injured more people than any other animal, the park said.
There are signs all about the park that warn people to stay 25 yards from bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and moose and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves.