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Bay Area Woman Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park

08 June 2018

A bison has gored a woman for the third animal attack in Yellowstone National Park this week.

Kim Hancock, 59, had been with a group of tourists at the famous Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday when she got too close to the animal, park officials said. "The bison became agitated and charged the crowd", and one of its horns struck Hancock in the hip, a news release from the park said.

The park report said some in the crowd came within 15 feet of the bison. She is listed as in good condition, according to the release.

A crowded boardwalk in the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park on August 18, 2015.

There have been two bison attacks so far in 2018. Park officials could not say whether it was the same elk.

Earlier this week, two women were attacked by female elk protecting their calves, according to USA Today. It butted her in the thigh and slightly injured the woman. One person was injured by bison in 2017, and there were five incidents in 2015, according to the National Park Service.

In a little over a month, four people have been injured by wildlife in Yellowstone.

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

Park officials instructed visitors to give animals space, even near trails, boardwalks, parking lots and other developed areas.

Yellowstone requires that visitors stay at least 25 yards away from bison and elk and 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

'If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route'.

Bay Area Woman Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park