Bull bison gores visitor in U.S. Yellowstone National Park

LOS ANGELES, June 29 (Xinhua) -- A visitor was gored by a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park, one of the largest and best-known national parks in the United States, park officials said Wednesday.

The 34-year-old male from Colorado Springs, Colorado, was gored by the bison near Giant Geyser at Old Faithful, one of Yellowstone National Park's most iconic attractions, according to a news release on the park's Facebook page.

"The male was walking with his family on a boardwalk when a bull bison charged the group. Family members did not leave the area, and the bull bison continued to charge and gored the male," said park officials, adding that the visitor sustained an injury to his arm and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

"Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild and can be dangerous when approached! When an animal is near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space," said the officials, noting that bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.

They urged visitors to stay more than 23 meters away from all large animals, including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes, and at least 91 meters away from bears and wolves.

It's the second reported incident so far this year of a visitor getting too close to the animal and the bison responding to the perceived threat by goring the individual. A 25-year-old female from Ohio was gored and tossed over three meters into the air on May 30, and sustained a puncture wound and other injuries.

Yellowstone closed for more than a week earlier this month and partially reopened last week after an unprecedented flooding that caused severe damage to roads and other critical park infrastructure.

Summer is usually the busiest season in Yellowstone. The 8,991-square-km wilderness recreation area, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho, attracted approximately 4.86 million visitors last year.

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