Yellowstone bison rams Boise woman, tosses her off trail

Posted at 12:26 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 14:26:53-04

A bison rammed a 72-year-old Boise woman and tossed her off a trail as she walked in Yellowstone National Park Wednesday.

Park officials said Virginia Junk was treated for minor injuries and transported to a hospital following the encounter in the Old Faithful area.

She reportedly came around a bend in the trail Tuesday and was unable to move out of the animal's way. It dropped its head, butted her in the thigh, and pushed her off the trail.

She’s the first Yellowstone visitor hurt by a bison this year. A bison injured a husband and wife last year -- and there were five such incidents in 2015.

Visitors are advised to say at least 25 yards from the animals.

(by Associated Press)