A man was gored by a bull bison near the Norris campground on Saturday in Yellowstone National Park.
Park officials say the Massachusetts man in his mid-50s was not deliberately taunting the animal. The man let the bull approach within a few feet of where he was sitting and refused to move away.
This resulted in the animal tossing the man nearly 10 feet in the air and being pinned to the ground. The park visitor broke his collarbone, shoulder blade and ribs. He also suffered a groin injury.
He was airlifted to a hospital in Idaho Falls and is expected to recover.
“Park visitors are reminded that wildlife in Yellowstone is, in fact, wild,” the park said in a news release Monday.
The park is reminding visitors to follow the rules for their own safety. Park rules require visitors to stay at least 100 yards from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards from other large animals, such as elk and bison.
More safety information can be found on the park’s website.