June 28, 2012
Massachusetts Man Gored By Bull Bison at Yellowstone
By Chad Love
This vintage footage (narrated by an equally vintage Marty Stouffer) of a bison at Yellowstone National Park not suffering a fool gladly, as the saying goes, is a fairly famous bit of film. I used to think pretty much everyone has seen it. It's been around since the '60s, has been shown on virtually every nature show ever filmed about Yellowstone, and to this day is a YouTube staple.
But I guess the dude in the story below must have missed all those shows, as well as all the signs warning you to stay away from all the nice, cuddly animals who just want to be your friend. As a result, he got the full "Yellowstone Experience."
From this story on foxnews.com:
Officials in Yellowstone National Park say a Massachusetts man was gored by a bull bison that threw him 10 feet in the air and then pinned him to the ground. The man, who is in his mid-50s, suffered a broken collarbone, shoulder blade, several ribs and a groin injury in Saturday's encounter near the Norris campground. He was airlifted to an Idaho Falls, Idaho hospital and is expected to recover. His name was not released.
According to the story, the man wasn't actually taunting the animal, but he let the bison walk right up to him. Park rules (and common sense) require visitors to move a safe distance away if an animal approaches. Apparently, "a few feet" wasn't quite safe enough...