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Bay Area Woman Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park

Bay Area Woman Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park

A woman was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park Wednesday after a crowd got too close to the animal, according to park officials.

In a statement, the National Park Service said: "Hancock and a crowd of people approached within ten yards of the bison while walking along a boardwalk". Some people got as close as 15 feet from the animal.

"When it crossed the boardwalk, the bison became agitated and charged the crowd, goring Hancock", park officials said, adding that the animal left the vicinity right after. She was taken to the hospital with a hip injury and was in good condition, the park said.

This is the second incident of a bison injuring a visitor this year.

An angry Dan Wenk said today that he has been forced out of his job as superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, with no explanation from his bosses. Frank said the park can't say with certainty if the number of wildlife injuries has necessarily gone up or down in recent years.

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A herd of bison grazes in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Aug. 3, 2016.

Wenk has spent more than four decades with the National Park Service and seven years in Yellowstone.

Park officials not that it's very common for cow elk to aggressively defend newborn calves and hide them near buildings and cars. Critics say numerous reassignments appear to be motivated by politics, sweeping aside those who disagree with the administration on issues such as climate change, wildlife management, and wilderness preservation. Predators like wolves and bears require greater caution and a minimum distance of 100 yards.

Ranchers in neighboring Montana have long sought reductions in Yellowstone's bison numbers because of worries that they could spread the disease brucellosis to cattle and compete with livestock for grazing space outside the park.