Girl Posing for a Photo Gored By a Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Jun 3, 2015

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Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Girl Posing for a Photo Gored By a Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Jun 3, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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A 16-year-old Taiwanese exchange student who came to the U.S. to experience a new culture found herself up close and personal with a massive American icon.

The student was visiting the Yellowstone National Park with her host family when the incident occurred, and park officials said the lack of a safe distance was to blame.

“The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her,” said a park service official.

While hiking near the famous Old Faithful geyser, the girl and her hosts noticed a bunch of people observing a lone bison near the trail.

Failing to adhere to the park’s safety instructions telling people to keep a distance of at least 25 yards from bison, the local family and their guest were believed to have been just three to six feet away.

Unlike the American woman who suffered fatal injuries after snapping photos too close to a lioness, the Taiwanese girl sustained ‘serious but not life-threatening’ injuries and was treated at the Old Faithful clinic before being airlifted by helicopter.

The incident, which took place about two weeks ago, is not very uncommon apparently. The National Park Service website states that each year more people are hurt by bison than by bears in Yellowstone and that “every year visitors are gored and some have been killed”.

Yellowstone is the nation’s first national park and the only place in the U.S. where a bison population could be found continuously since prehistoric times. Estimated at 30-60 million bison in North America before the mid-1800’s, the park service says their current population in the park fluctuates from 2,300 to 5,000.

[via CNN | Lead Image: Kabsik Park]

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7 responses to “Girl Posing for a Photo Gored By a Bison in Yellowstone National Park”

  1. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Another yesterday. Got in the bison’s face snapping photos with a tablet. http://news.yahoo.com/bison-seriously-injures-2nd-yellowstone-tourist-3-weeks-072354157.html

  2. Brian Freeman Avatar
    Brian Freeman

    Don’t you mean “Idiot posing for a photo…”?

  3. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    How’s this photography related? Except there is a nice unrelated bison pic embedded.

    1. AnotherUser Avatar
      AnotherUser

      There were times when this site was about photography and DIY. Nowadays, it’s on anything, probably 30% photography related and less than 10% DIY related. It should be named anythingblog.net

  4. Jeff Soto Avatar
    Jeff Soto

    I don’t know Petar but maybe something to do with safety when photographing wildlife. Just a guess.

  5. Steven Roark Avatar
    Steven Roark

    It’s just a reminder not to ignore common sense when trying to get that perfect shot.

  6. Piesmith Avatar
    Piesmith

    Yeah, but did they get the shot?