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Video of Girl Being Thrown and Injured By Bison in Yellowstone Park

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A 9-year-old Florida girl was injured by a bison at Yellowstone National Park, according to officials.

Yellowstone officials confirmed a video posted to Twitter on Monday night captured the incident. The video shows a bison charging at three people. An adult man and woman run away, while a little girl is violently thrown into the air by the bison.

Girl injured by animal thrown in air

According to a press release from the National Park Service, a group of about 50 people were between 5 to 10 feet from the giant bison near the Old Faithful Geyser for at least 20 minutes. The close proximity caused the bison to charge towards them.

Bison at Yellowstone National Park

“According to witnesses, a group of approximately 50 people were within 5-10 feet of the bison for at least 20 minutes before eventually causing the bison to charge the group.”

The girl’s family took her to a nearby lodge where the park’s emergency medical providers treated her, She was then transported to one of the park’s medical clinics the press release said.  The girl was treated for unspecified injuries and then discharged to her family. 

The original video tweet by Hailey Dayton was removed due to a chance of the young girl seeing some of the cruel comments that were made. 

Dayton, who originally shared the video claimed that the family was petting the bison before it charged. Officials said no fines have been issued at this time. 

"Visitors are prohibited from willfully remaining near or approaching wildlife, including nesting birds, within any distance that disturbs or displaces the animal.”

Bison in field

The National Parks Service also reminded all visitors to the park to keep their distance from the wild animals at Yellowstone.

They said that visitors should maintain a distance of 25 yards from bison, elk, deer and moose.

When encountering a wolf or bear, the suggested distance increases to 100 yards, or 300 feet.


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