Woman Airlifted To Hospital After Receiving ‘Significant’ Injuries From Bison in Yellowstone

A woman was airlifted to a hospital on Monday after receiving significant injuries from a bison in Yellowstone.

Jimmy Orr

June 22, 20212 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

It’s not if it’s going to happen, it’s when it’s going to happen.

The most recent incident in which a human scuffled with a bison — and lost — occurred on Monday in Yellowstone National Park, according to the National Park Service.

Little details are known except that the victim — a 30-year-old woman — suffered “significant” injuries as a result of the encounter and was airlifted to Eastern Idaho Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

Yellowstone National Park Information Specialist Linda Veress said the woman was hiking on Storm Point Trail with a companion when the incident happened.

“We’re not clear how the encounter with the bison occurred,” Veress told the Billings Gazette.

Photos or video of the incident have yet to surface on social media.

If they do, the images will likely show up on the popular Facebook group “Yellowstone National Park: Invasion of the Idiots”.

Members of the page showed little sympathy for the victim.

“Stupid people get stupid prizes,” said Laura Whitaker.

“With as many pictures I have seen in these groups of people right up next to them, it was only a matter of time before this happened,” said Doug Crawford.

Another member of the group, Jeannie Malone, posted a video of numerous people dangerously close to a herd of bison.

Malone was in her car, as the Park Service recommends, and filmed the uninformed or unintelligent bystanders along with some play-by-play commentary.

“Apparently these people all have great insurance policies,” she said. 

“Let’s get super close to charging animals,” she said mockingly.  “Stupid fools.”

Malone then rooted for the bison as they began running.  “Go get the people with the cameras,” she said.  

No one appeared to be injured during Malone’s filming.

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Jimmy Orr

Executive Editor

A third-generation Wyomingite, Jimmy Orr is the executive editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.