Woman Told to 'Play Dead' After Bison Chases Her in Yellowstone National Park

July 21, 2020

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A Yellowstone National Park guest who was chased by a charging bison last week is alive to tell her story thanks to heeding the advice a bystander who told her to "play dead."

The footage was posted on Youtube and has racked up hundreds of thousands of views.

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The bison can be seen running after the woman, who in true horror film fashion, trips, and falls. The bison stops to take a few seconds to apparently sniff the woman, and then slowly walks away.

Visitors are required to stay at least 25 yards away from large animals, including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes, and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

In June, 72-year-old California woman was gored and injured multiple times by a wild bison at Yellowstone National Park after repeatedly approaching the animal to take its photograph, park administrators said.

The woman was flown to an Idaho hospital for treatment of her injuries following the June 25 incident. She wasn't identified and her current condition isn't known.

The woman was at her campsite at the park's Bridge Bay Campground when she approached within 10 feet of the animal multiple times prior to being gored, park officials said.

Run-ins between visitors and bison, also known as buffalo, occur periodically at Yellowstone. The animals are normally placid but can respond aggressively and charge when approached.

Park biologist Chris Geremia said that's what appeared to happen in the latest instance, with the bison responding to what it perceived as a threat when the woman got too close.

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