Posted: Jun 26, 2012 8:31 AM by KBZK Media Center
Updated: Jun 26, 2012 9:26 AM
A Massachusetts man was gored by a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park this past weekend.
The man in his mid-50s was not taunting the animal but did let the bull approach him within a few feet where he was sitting and did not move, according to a news release from Yellowstone National Park. The man was tossed nearly 10 feet in the air and was pinned to the ground. He suffered a broken collarbone, shoulder blade, several ribs and a groin injury.
He was airlifted to a hospital in Idaho Falls, ID and is expected to recover.
The incident happened on Saturday, June 23.
The park reminds visitors to intentionally approaching or disturbing animals is a violation of park regulations, which could ultimately lead to the death of the animal involved. Park rules require that you stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves at all times, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals including elk and bison.
"If an animal approaches you, it is your responsibility to move a safe distance away, not the animal's," the park states.