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Harrowing Video Shows the Moment a Man Is Gored by a Bison While Saving a Child in Yellowstone

by Matador Creators Jan 30, 2023

It’s paramount for people to always respect a wild animal’s boundaries, even if that animal is in a national park. Case in point: a Colorado man who was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park while trying to get a kid out of harms way.

A harrowing video of the incident from summer of 2022 shows a male bison charging two adults and a child on a boardwalk. A child gets momentarily left behind and a third man goes back to get the child out of the way. In the process, he was gored by the bison in the arm and had to be transported to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

@matadornetwork When visiting a national park, it’s important to keep your distance from these majestic animals in order to protect yourself and ensure their safety 🦬 Bison can charge when feeling threatened. While parks vary between a 50 and 100-foot rule for how far away you should be from a bison, a good rule of thumb is just that. If you cover one eye and your thumb doesn’t fully cover up the bison, you are too close. Stay safe by giving wildlife their space and respecting their boundaries! 🎥 @1pk.king1 #bison #bisontok #wildlife #wildlifesafety #yellowstonenationalpark #nationalparksusa ♬ original sound – Matador Network

It’s far from the first time that someone was gored by a bison in the park. In fact, a similar instance happened earlier that same summer.

Bison in Yellowstone National Park can be dangerous if visitors get too close. Bison are wild animals, and even when they seem docile, it is important to remember that they are unpredictable and have the capacity to cause injury or worse. It is important for visitors to keep a safe distance from bison and all other wildlife in the park. The best way to interact with any wildlife is through observation and admiration only.

Bison are iconic animals of Yellowstone National Park, where they have called home since prehistoric times. They are remarkable creatures – they’re nearly 5 feet tall at the shoulder and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. They’re often mistakenly called buffalo, but they’re different animals. Bison are the large, wild animals that live mainly in North America, while buffalo are similar in appearance but are domesticated and found primarily in Africa and Asia. Bison have larger shoulders and shorter curved horns, while buffalo typically have a more stocky build with longer and straighter horns. When visiting Yellowstone, it’s important to be respectful of their place as a key member of the park’s ecosystem and enjoy seeing them from afar.

The recommended distance for staying safe around bison is at least 25 yards (75 feet). This way, visitors can look but not touch – allowing the park’s wildlife room to feel comfortable and continue living as nature intended. It’s always better for both safety and respects when humans remain a respectful distance from nature.

Tips for Safely Seeing Bison in Yellowstone National Park

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Keep your distance – stay at least 25 yards (75 feet) away
  • Never approach or feed wildlife, including bison
  • Observe wildlife with binoculars instead of trying to get close
  • Respect the bison’s right of way – give them space if you encounter one on a trail

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