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Bison attacks woman who was trying to take selfie with it in Yellowstone Park

(CNN)Visitors to Yellowstone Park seem to be having trouble taking in the message that it's not a good idea to get too close to the wild bison that roam the wilderness.

The latest person to find out the hard way is a 43-year-old Mississippi woman who tried to take a selfie with one of the hairy beasts near a trail on Tuesday.

She and her daughter turned their backs to the bison, which was about 6 yards away, to take a photo with it, according to the National Park Service.

"They heard the bison's footsteps moving toward them and started to run, but the bison caught the mother on the right side, lifted her up and tossed her with its head," the park service said in a statement Wednesday.

Her family drove her from the site of the attack, near the Fairy Falls trailhead, to the Old Faithful Clinic in the park for treatment. She was released with minor injuries.

'They thought it would be OK'

The woman is the fifth person injured after approaching a bison in Yellowstone so far this season -- and the third whose dangerous encounter resulted from photo-taking.

Park authorities make an effort to warn people not to get too close to animals.

"The family said they read the warnings in both the park literature and the signage, but saw other people close to the bison, so they thought it would be OK," said Colleen Rawlings, a ranger in the park's Old Faithful District. "People need to recognize that Yellowstone wildlife is wild, even though they seem docile. This woman was lucky that her injuries were not more severe."

A 16-year-old girl from Taiwan was gored by a bison in May while posing for a photo near Old Faithful, Yellowstone's famous geyser. She suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries from the attack. And a 62-year-old Australian man was taking pictures within 5 feet of a bison near Old Faithful Lodge on June 2 when the animal charged and tossed him into the air several times, according to park officials. He was taken to a hospital for further medical treatment.
Woman gored three weeks ago while hiking
Park authorities instruct visitors not to go within 25 yards of bison and other large animals -- and 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

"Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous," park officials warn.

On June 23, a 19-year-old Georgia woman was walking with friends to their car after a late-night swim in the Firehole River when they saw a bison lying about 10 feet away. The animal charged the teen and tossed her in the air, leaving her with minor injuries, the park service said.

Just over a week later, a 68-year-old Georgia woman was hospitalized after being attacked by a bison while hiking on Storm Point Trail.

As the woman passed the bison, it charged and gored her. She was taken by helicopter ambulance to a hospital outside the park.

Almost 5,000 bison live in Yellowstone, the only place in the United States where the animals have lived continuously since prehistoric times.
I say remove all the signs and let natural selection do its thing. We have too many stupid people nowadays.

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I've been to Yellowstone several times - each time, at least once per trip, I witnessed people trying to get very close to these magnificent creatures. I also just saw a herd in June at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Most photos I took are with telephotos lenses. The photo on the bike was when we turned a corner and were basically surrounded by them. Dozens in front on the road, there was traffic behind, so we just sat there...pretty exposed.
 

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I've been to Yellowstone several times - each time, at least once per trip, I witnessed people trying to get very close to these magnificent creatures. I also just saw a herd in June at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Most photos I took are with telephotos lenses. The photo on the bike was when we turned a corner and were basically surrounded by them. Dozens in front on the road, there was traffic behind, so we just sat there...pretty exposed.
So how clean were your drawers after you came around the curve on the bike? I suppose you try to stay somewhat near a vehicle for a little cover.....unless they were on both sides.
 

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I visited Yellowstone park in the winter of 1992. Me and my friends took a snowmobile tour that ended at Old Faithful. Which btw is an excellent thing to do if you ever get the chance. Before and during the tour we were always warned to stay at least 30 feet away from the Bison. They said that since a bison's eyes are on the sides of their head that they have a blind spot in front of them. If you see the bison swinging it's head from side to side that is because you are too close and they are trying to see you. This is also a sign that the bison is getting a bit stressed and defensive. Like Dan said, a telephoto lens is best for taking pics of these beautiful animals.
 

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So how clean were your drawers after you came around the curve on the bike? I suppose you try to stay somewhat near a vehicle for a little cover.....unless they were on both sides.
Yeah, this has happened to us several times. Custer State Park in S. Dakota especially. I was a few miles away, but my buddies got stuck in a "Bison Jam" and as they waited, one big guy did a bluff charge on my 250 lb buddy - who proceeded to scream like a 5 year old girl. He has not lived it down to this day (we found a mounted bison head on ebay and gave it to him as a gag - he has it up in his armory/basement).
We got caught in another Bison Jam in Yellowstone in the middle of heavy hail storm...on bikes....stuck on your bike, with huge hail bouncing off of you, the bike, the Bison....miserable!
 

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was at Wichita Falls Wildlife Refuge in '74, by way of visiting lovely fort sill for a few months. one weekend was walking along a high chain link fence with the big bull walking with me but on the other side. Had no idea but after about 20 yards the fence ended. Eye to eye, maybe six feet apart. I think the big thing was smiling at me when I very cooly (well, I thought I looked calm) walked back to the fence, even though he could obviously have just followed me around to my side. got a great pic on my little instamatic when still separated by the fence. wasn't really thinking about pix when the fence ended.
 

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So..........did she get the picture?
 

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Sounds like the guy who just got a $183,000 hospital bill after trying to take a selfie with...wait for it...a rattlesnake. Didn't end well. The only good thing about selfies is they seem to be teaching extremely stupid people worthwhile life lessons. Like don't be an as*hat.
 
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