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A 72-year-old California woman was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park, a news release from the park said. Hey, these things happen.

The woman approached the bison to take a picture and got within 10 feet of it multiple times before it gored her on June 25, according to the release. Karen was really just asking for it.

She sustained multiple goring wounds and was treated by rangers before being flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for further treatment. Wanna bet she tries to sue?

The news release said the woman approached the bison several times near her campsite at Bridge Bay Campground in northwest Wyoming before the bison charged.

“The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached to within 10 feet,” Yellowstone’s senior bison biologist Chris Geremia said in the release. Some people just can’t be taught something until it’s too late.


  1. 72 year old female, getting gored? Even with a surgical team working on her, her outlook could be in doubt.

    Of course she’s from California. It seems as tho stupidity is a water-borne disease there.

    Since I live in Wyoming, and I see bison quite regularly, and since our little town actually has a bunch of bison we keep in a town park and it provides us with some amusement, here’s a tip or two about bison:

    When you get within 100 feet, you’re getting too close. Sounds like a long ways away, right?

    Not when you see how quickly one of these beasts can move 100 feet. I’ve seen them crow-hop off the ground, switch ends, land, and move 50 feet in the blink of an eye. For them to cover from 50′ away to your position takes just one more eye blink. This means if you want to get out of the way, you need that second 50 feet to buy time for you to do something more productive than shit your drawers.

    In gun circles, we like to prattle on about the Tueller Drill, right? Yea, well, 21 feet don’t mean squat with bison. They can hop from where they are to about 10 feet closer to you with a mere twitch of their legs. People need to understand how this one-ton animal can practically levitate when they’re stronger in their toes than your entire body is, put together. They’re absurdly strong – which is why they make such good eats. Lots and lots of lean muscle mass, not much fat. They’re a mountain of muscle on four legs.

    I’ve seen a bison hook a Harley with its horn and flip it off the road like you or I would toss a beer to someone across the room – because the bison was getting annoyed with the biker beeping his horn at the bison.

    These beasts are hell for strong, the big males are six feet high at the shoulder hump, and worst of all:

    They hear voices.

    I strongly believe bison hear voices. Sometimes, those voices say “Let’s look fuzzy and cute!” But the next minute the voices can say “Hey, isn’t he the SOB who owes you money?” and a few moments after that the voices say “Let’s have some fun…” Their attitude and demeanor changes so fast, with so little external indication, you simply cannot predict what they are going to do.

    Anyone getting within 10 feet of one is begging to get injured or killed.

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    • “I’ve seen them crow-hop off the ground, switch ends, land, and move 50 feet in the blink of an eye.”

      My experience with bison is zilch, and this amount of agility in a creature that looks slow-moving and ponderous is surprising.

  2. The Instagram tourons of Yellowstone had this and lots of similar stupidity. Personally I always give megafauna a wide berth.


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