9-year-old charged by bison, tossed into the air at Yellowstone National Park

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JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — A 9-year-old girl was injured after a bison charged her in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, July 22, the park’s public affairs office said.

The girl was part of a group of about 50 people near Observation Point Trail in the park’s Old Faithful Geyser area, a news release said.

The group was gathered about 5 to 10 feet away from the bison for at least 20 minutes before a bull bison charged and tossed the girl, who is from Odessa, Florida, into the air.

Her family took her to the Old Faithful Lodge for treatment, park officials said. She was later taken to and released from the Old Faithful Clinic.

No citations were issued, and the incident was still under investigation, according to the release.

Park officials warned visitors to stay at least 25 yards (75 feet) away from all large animals. Yellowstone is home to 4,527 bison, according to anĀ August 2018 estimate.

A male bull weighs up to 2,000 pounds. The animals can be aggressive and can run up to 30 miles per hour.

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