Officials in Yellowstone National Park say a Massachusetts man was gored by a bull bison that threw him 10 feet in the air and then pinned him to the ground.My son is studying to be a park ranger, and in his classes they've talked about how some people go to National Parks thinking they were built by Disney and lawyers and they can't get hurt. At Yellowstone, the bison don't break into song like they do on the wall at Bear Country Jamboree. They're wild and potentially very dangerous. Not even your State Farm agent can help you if for some reason the thing gets mad at you (despite what you see on TV commercials).
The man, who is in his mid-50s, suffered a broken collarbone, shoulder blade, several ribs and a groin injury in Saturday’s encounter near the Norris campground. He was airlifted to an Idaho Falls, Idaho hospital and is expected to recover. His name was not released.
Park officials say the man was not taunting the animal, but let the bull approach within a few feet of where he was sitting and refused to move away.
Park rules require visitors to stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from all other animals. If an animal approaches, it is the visitor’s responsibility to move a safe distance away.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Bison are not just big friendly shaggy cows:
Posted by Rick Moore on 6/26/2012