Woman gored by bison in Yellowstone after crowd gets too close

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Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Thursday he's being forced out as a "punitive action" following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers in neighboring Montana.

Wenk said Yellowstone bison should be managed like wildlife rather than livestock and the herd's size should not be exclusively determined by ranchers who live outside the park in Montana.

When the bison crossed the boardwalk, it became agitated and charged at the crowd and gored Hancock.

The bison left the area right after.

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Hancock suffered a hip injury and was driven in an ambulance to Big Sky Medical Center in Big Sky, Montana.

The resulting goring made for the third time in four days an elk or bison has injured a Yellowstone visitor.

Earlier this week, two women were attacked by female elk protecting their calves, according to USA Today. Dan Wenk said the National Park Service will replace him with a new superintendent this August. Frank said the park can't say with certainty if the number of wildlife injuries has necessarily gone up or down in recent years.

That's more than a 6 percent increase over previous year (419,635 visits), and surpasses May 2016 (444,630 visits) as the busiest May ever in Yellowstone National Park. An elk also kicked a different woman's head Sunday, but the park service said it was unknown if the same elk were responsible.

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The park identified the woman as 59-year-old Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa.

Three animal attacks have occurred in one week at Yellowstone National Park. There was one incident in 2017 and five in 2015.

The park stresses animals are wild, no matter how calm they appear, and it's advised to stay 25 yards away from all animals and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. "If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route".

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