Yellowstone National Park sets May visitation record

Sergio Conner
June 10, 2018

The woman, who is originally from Santa Rosa, California, was on a boardwalk close to Fountain Paint Pot, one of the beauty spots in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, when the incident occurred. The incident has been blamed on heavy crowds at the park crowding the bison, which can charge if provoked or scared, reports ABC News.

When the bison crossed the boardwalk, it became agitated and charged at the crowd and gored Hancock.

Hancock was rushed by ambulance to Big Sky Medical Center, where she was listed in good condition.

Millions of American and global visitors crowd the park each year to view wildlife like bison and natural wonders like the Old Faithful geyser.

FILE - In this August 3, 2016, file photo, a bison blocks traffic as tourists take photos of the animals in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in Wyo.

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On Sunday, a 51-year-old employee at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel was attacked by a mother elk protecting its calf about 20 feet away, hidden by cars. Frank said the park can't say with certainty if the number of wildlife injuries has necessarily gone up or down in recent years.

This marks the fourth person injured by an animal in the park in little more than a month.

Watch your step at Yellowstone National Park. The statement noted that people should keep a distance of roughly 75 feet at least from certain animals including bison and elk, and stay even further away from bears and wolves.

Wenk recently announced he would retire from running Yellowstone National Park in March 2019 instead of being reassigned to a new role in D.C. But then this week, he said the acting director of the National Park Service, P. Daniel Smith, gave him an ultimatum: take the new position in D.C. or retire early. Park officials aren't sure if it was the same elk. There was one incident in 2017 and five in 2015.

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