Video Shows Bison Launching Young Girl in the Air at Yellowstone

Video Shows Bison Launching Young Girl in the Air at Yellowstone
American Bison (also known as Buffalo) join the morning commute on Highway 89 at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

A 9-year-old girl was tossed into the air by a bison at Yellowstone National Park, escaping without any major injuries.

The video shows a bison grazing just feet away in Yellowstone on July 21 before it charges at the girl, launching her in the air. The girl was not identified, but reported that she was from Florida.
The incident happened as a group of some 50 visitors loitered around the large animal near Old Faithful, reported the New York Post, citing the National Park Service.

The video was captured by visitor Hailey Dayton, who was also steps away from the large bovine.

Other visitors could be heard exclaiming, “Oh my god, oh my god” as the girl flips sideways in the air.

The bison is then seen staring on another crowd nearby.

“Everyone was screaming and running while little kids were crying,” Dayton told the New York Post. “When the bison finally left many people went to the family to see if they could do anything to help the girl.”

“My brother and I were looking at the hot springs, and we saw a bunch of people running down the path to the bridge. We saw through the trees some people petting the bison, super close,” she also told NBC News about what had happened before the attack.

Park officials said that the group of some 50 people “[caused] the bison to charge,” but it didn’t specify why it did so.

“Because it was agitated by all the people and noise, it just kind of attacked,” Dayton claimed. “After that, everyone was screaming. There were a bunch of kids crying.”

The girl was treated at a nearby park clinic before she was released.

The incident is still under investigation, the Post reported. No citations were given.

Other details are not clear.

Man Gored in Utah

Last month, a 30-year-old college student was gored and trampled by a bison while he was out on a trail run at Antelope Island State Park in Utah on June 1.

Kyler Bourgeous encountered a pair of bison after he reached the top of a blind hill while running on the Frary Peak Trail. Bourgeous immediately turned to avoid the animals but one of them came charging forward and gored the 30-year-old in the hip and shoulder, sending the young man flying into the air and down the hill.

“He said, ‘I just turned and tried to run, and I could see I wasn’t going to make it,’” his mother Bonnie Bourgeous said, reported Fox 13.

But the bison did not stop there. it then kicked and trampled Bourgeous, cracking his rib and cutting his head during the attack, before the bison finally stopped.

“If he had not turned just one inch this way or that way, it would have gone through his heart and lungs and lower internal organs and there’s no way he would have survived,” Bonnie added.

Bourgeous said when the attack stopped he called at some nearby hikers for help.

“I yelled for some nearby hikers to call 911 as I lay in a ball hoping the bison wouldn’t attack again,” he wrote on a crowdfunding account.
Epoch Times reporter Janita Kan contributed to this article.
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X:
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