A 9-year-old girl hiking in Yellowstone National Park was hospitalized after a bison charged her family, tossing her through the air. The incident occurred near Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful area of the park and involved a bull bison. According to a YNP statement, a group of approximately 50 people were within 5-10 feet of the bison for nearly 20 minutes before the animal charged.
Yellowstone Rangers issued the following reminder:
Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.