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Bison charges, gores 59-year-old woman at Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK—A California woman is now in good condition after she was gored by a bison Wednesday morning, June 6, at Yellowstone National Park.

Kim Hancock, 59, of Santa Rosa, Calif., was gored by a bull bison at Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin, according to a news release.

Hancock and a crowd of people approached within 10 yards of the bison while walking along a boardwalk. At one point, people were closer than 15 feet from the bison, according to the release. When the bison crossed the boardwalk, it became agitated and charged the crowd of people, goring Hancock. The bison then proceeded to immediately leave the area.

Park rangers responded to the incident and treated Hancock for a hip injury. She was eventually transported by ambulance to the Big Sky Medical Center in Big Sky, Mont. and is now in good condition.

This is the second incident of a bison injuring a visitor this year. On May 2, a 72-year-old Idaho woman was butted in the thigh, pushed and tossed off a trail by a bison near Old Faithful. 

Over the past month, four people have been injured by wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, according to the release.

Ross Torgerson

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