By Andrea Romano
July 30, 2019
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A bison attacked a tourist at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota on Saturday, USA Today reported. This attack comes less than a week after a 9-year-old girl was thrown into the air by another charging bison at Yellowstone National Park.

According to USA Today, a 17-year-old from Colorado was hiking a trail when she “walked between two bison” who were fighting. One of the bison charged at her, striking her in the back, goring her leg, and throwing her six feet into the air, according to the report. It is unclear whether the girl knew the bison were close by.

It was only the Monday prior that a young girl from Florida had a similar experience at Yellowstone. The little girl was with a group of tourists who were reportedly extremely close to the animal, and was injured when the bison charged at her.

The Colorado teen was taken to a Bismarck hospital via helicopter. Authorities reported she was in stable condition.

Eileen Andes, public information officer for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, told the Billings Gazette these parks are “pretty safe places, but visitors are responsible for their own safety.”

Andes also said the park requires all visitor stay a minimum of 25 yards (75 feet) away from wild animals at all times. To make matters more severe, the bison are in the middle of “rutting” season, in which male bulls get more aggressive than usual, according to the Billings Gazette.

“To put that in perspective, think of it in terms of a full-size bus. Two full-sized buses between you and an animal is a good distance,” Andes told the Billings Gazette. Andes said there are very few incidents like this in the park. The incident is the second reported in the last three years within this particular park.

Yellowstone National Park also has a similar policy, requiring visitors to stay at least 75 feet away from animals for their safety. The park has issued many warnings in the past reminding visitors not to get too close to animals on their trips. And if it’s true in Yellowstone, you can assume it’s true in any national park.

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