Published: Thu, July 25, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Bison injures 9-year-old girl at Yellowstone National Park

Bison injures 9-year-old girl at Yellowstone National Park

"Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild", they said in a statement.

Photo via HaileyDayton/TwitterA 9-year-old girl from the Tampa area was tossed into the air Monday afternoon when a bison bull charged her at Yellowstone National Park. While Yellowstone hasn't confirmed the authenticity of the video, it shows a bison charge three people.

The child's family took her to the Old Faithful Lodge, where she was assessed by emergency medical providers.

While park officials say the matter is still under investigation, the statement notes that wildlife in the park should be given plenty of space to avoid any unsafe confrontations.

It also advised anyone visiting to be cautious of wildlife including bears, wolves, moose and coyotes.

Just before the incident, a group of 50 people was crowding the bison, getting within 5-10 feet of it, witnesses said. She was later taken to a clinic and released. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space". Officials are still investigating the incident, however.

As a result, other bystanders managed to get their own videos of the incident. "If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity", the NPS advises.

Yellowstone is home to the largest collection of bison on public land in the US.

Bull bison can weigh as much as a ton or 2,000 pounds, and are known to be aggressive.

Park officials did not disclose the extent of any injuries. The animals can be aggressive and can run up to 30 miles per hour.

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