(WRIC) — A Taiwanese girl sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries on Sunday after she was gored by a bison near Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park.
Authorities say that the 16-year-old exchange student was visiting the park with her host family. It was shortly after noon as they hiked near Old Faithful geyser and found a group of people watching a bison graze across from the trail. The group was somewhere between three and six feet from the bison. Officials say the girl then turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her.
“The rangers, with assistance from bystanders, moved the girl a safe distance from the bison,” a statement read.
The teen’s injuries were described as serious, but not life threatening. She was treated at Old Faithful’s clinic before being airlifted for further treatment.
Park officials recommend people to stay at least 100 yards from bears and wolves, and 25 yards from other large animals, like bison.
“Visitors are reminded that Yellowstone wildlife is wild,” the park’s statement read. “Wildlife should not be approached, no matter how tame or calm they appear.”