Date
20 September 2017
If you leave a bison alone, it won't hurt you, but a woman who took a selfie with the massive animal ended up being hurled into the air. Photo: Huffington Post
If you leave a bison alone, it won't hurt you, but a woman who took a selfie with the massive animal ended up being hurled into the air. Photo: Huffington Post

Why you should never take a selfie with a bison

You can’t say you haven’t been warned.

In fact, when you enter Yellowstone National Park, you get a handout that tells you to admire the animals from a distance.

But a woman ignored the warning and got too close to a bison.

She was attacked by the animal while taking a selfie.

Reuters says the 43-year-old Mississippi woman and her daughter were standing with their back to the bison when it charged, tossing her into the air and inflicting minor injuries.

She was the fifth Yellowstone visitor since May to be attacked by one of the park’s popular bison, which can weigh as much as a ton, and the third tourist seeking to take a picture of a buffalo while crowding too close.

Millions of tourists who visit the park annually are given warning handouts when they enter Yellowstone to keep a distance of at least 25 meters from bison and to give even more berth to creatures such as grizzly bears.

The park’s roughly 4,000 buffalo are generally uninterested in the activities of visitors while seeking prime grazing lands that can be close to hiking trails, roads, buildings and parking lots, leading some tourists to incorrectly conclude that the shaggy, hump-backed creatures are approachable, according to a park official.

Four of the five goring incidents required hospitalization and advanced medical care, Bartlett said.

The first bison-human encounter of the season happened in May and was directed at a teen Taiwanese exchange student as she sought to take a photo of a buffalo that ultimately charged.

– Contact us at [email protected]

FL/RA

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe