A bison gored a young woman in Yellowstone National Park and threw her into the air

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A 25-year-old woman was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park on Monday morning after officials said she broke the rules and got too close to the animal.

The woman ended up within 10 feet of the bison, which aggravated the animal, causing it to charge and gore her, the National Parks Service said in a statement. Press release Tuesday. The bison “threw her 10 feet in the air,” the NPS said.

The woman was taken to a local hospital with a puncture wound and other injuries, officials said.

NBC News initially reported that she died of her injuries, although it had proved not be the case.

The park warns visitors to stay at least 25 yards (23 yards) away from bison for safety reasons, and officials say the woman broke those rules. Two other visitors were also too close to the bison at the time of the attack, they said.

“As the bison walked near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin, the female on the boardwalk approached it,” the statement said. “As a result, the bison gored the woman.”

The woman’s name has not been released, but officials say she was a tourist from Grove City, Ohio.

It was the first case this year of a visitor being attacked after “threatening a bison” by getting too close, the NPS said.

The park said “bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal.”

Bison can run three times faster than humans and can be very unpredictable, they added.

The statement also warned that “wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is wild and can be dangerous when approached.”

It’s recommended to stay as far away from them as possible, and if you find yourself nearby, turn around and walk the other way to avoid an attack.

The cover image of this article was used for illustrative purposes only.

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