"It's your responsibility to move away" – Yellowstone officials issue stern warning after 83-year-old woman gored by bison

Bison crossing road, Yellowstone National Park, Canyon Village, Wyoming, USA
The 83-year-old woman sustained serious injuries in the attack (Image credit: Getty Images / Seth K. Hughes)

An 83-year-old woman has sustained serious injuries after being gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park over the weekend. The news comes just two weeks after we reported on a herd of bison charging a crowd of tourists in the park.

The woman, who has not been identified, was visiting from South Carolina when she was attacked near the Storm Point Trail at Yellowstone Lake on Saturday. Though details on the incident are sparse, it's not uncommon for park visitors to get too close to bison, who are not naturally aggressive but can be defensive when they feel threatened.

"The bison, defending its space, came within a few feet of the woman and lifted her about a foot off the ground with its horns," writes the National Parks Service in a news report.

Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal, according to the NPS, who describe them as "unpredictable" and reveal that they can run three times faster than humans.

Bison herd on road at Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal (Image credit: Getty)

Emergency responders from the park transported the woman to the Lake Medical Clinic where she was airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. The incident remains under investigation, but park officials were unequivocal in their warnings to visitors, writing: "Visitors: It’s your responsibility to respect safety regulations and view wildlife from a safe distance. Move away from wildlife if they approach you."

Park officials remind all visitors to stay more than 25 yards away from big mammals like bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes. If they move towards you, it is your responsibility to move out of their space to avoid being gored by a bison.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.