Bison injures Idaho woman in Yellowstone National Park

Posted at 11:55 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 13:55:49-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – An Idaho woman sustained minor injuries from an encounter with a bison at Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, according to a media release.

The release from the YNP Office of Strategic Communications states that Virginia Junk, 72, of Boise, Idaho, was butted in the thigh, pushed, and tossed off a trail by a bison in the Old Faithful area on Tuesday afternoon.

Junk did not see the animal as she walked around a bend in the trail and wasn’t able to move away before the animal dropped its head and pushed her off the trail. Rangers responded to the incident and treated Junk’s minor injuries.

Junk was transported by ambulance to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, and no citations were issued. This is the first incident of a bison injuring a visitor in 2018. There was one incident in 2017 and five in 2015.