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Nine-year old girl injured by bison in Yellowstone National Park

According to information provided by officials at Yellowstone National Park, a nine-year old girl was injured on the afternoon of Monday, July 22.

The incident took place near Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful Geyser area where, according to witnesses, a group of approximately 50 people were within 5-10 feet of the bison for at least 20 minutes before eventually causing the animal to charge the group.

The girl, who was visiting the area from Odessa, Florida, was tossed into the air by the bull bison before being taken to the Old Faithful Lodge by her family where she was assessed and treated by park emergency medical providers.

She was later taken to and released from the Old Faithful Clinic.

According to officials, no citations have been issued and the incident is still under investigation.

“Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild,”  YNP said in a released statement. “When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.”

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