Yellowstone bison gores woman after crowd gets too close to the animal

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A bison has gored a woman, the third animal attack in Yellowstone National Park this week.

Officials said that the woman, 59-year-old Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa, California, was in a crowd of people that got within 10 yards of a bison while they were walking along a boardwalk, according to a National Park Service news release. At one point, officials say, some people were within 15 feet of the animal.

The bison charged the crowd, goring 59-year-old Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa, California.

In both cases, rangers say the elk was protecting her calf.

There have been two bison attacks so far in 2018. Two women were injured in separate attacks by a cow elk near the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Sunday and Tuesday. Because of the severity of her injuries she was flown to an Idaho trauma center. It butted her in the thigh and slightly injured the woman. She was taken to the nearby hospital for treatment.

Safety tips from Yellowstone park officials can be found here.

Calving season is causing elk mothers to act aggressively as they protect their newborns and hide them near buildings or cars, park experts said.

The incident on Wednesday is the second time a park-goer has been attacked by a bison this year.

"Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be", officials wrote. "When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space". Rangers advise staying at least 25 yards away from animals like bison and elk, the park said.

'If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route'.

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