Girl Tossed in Air After Bison Charges Yellowstone Tourists

Girl Tossed in Air After Bison Charges Yellowstone Tourists

The unidentified girl, who is said to be from Odessa, Florida, was visiting the park's famous Old Faithful geyser when the animal charged at her, according to NBC News. The park has not provided information on her condition but did confirm she was released from the clinic. It read: "Wildlife in Yellowstone are wild".

Approximately 50 people were within 5-10 feet of the bull bison "for at least 20 minutes before eventually causing the bison to charge the group", witnesses told park officials. An adult bull bison can weigh up to 907 kilograms (one ton). "We saw through the trees some people petting the bison, super close".

The statement did not go into detail about how the group provoked the bison into charging and subsequently injuring the young girl.

Other tourists can be heard on camera gasping, "Oh my god, oh my god" as the girl flips sideways in mid-air.

Dayton posted her video to Twitter.

Park rules dictate that visitors give animals a wide berth, requiring them to stay at least 25 yards (meters) from bison and elk and 100 yards from predators such as wolves and bears. "There were a bunch of kids crying".

No citations have been issued, but the incident remained under investigation as of Tuesday.

Park officials are still investigating.

Yellowstone preserves the 'most important bison herd in the United States, ' according to their website. Yellowstone's safety guidelines also warn specifically about bison, noting that they are able to run up to three times faster than humans.

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