Video shows bison attacking family at Yellowstone National Park

Video shows bison attacking family in Yellowstone National Park

A man was taken to hospital after he and his family were attacked by a bison in Yellowstone National Park on Monday.

The video shows the family very close to the bison near Giant Geyser in Old Faithful before they were attacked. What appears to be a family of four or five, including a child, runs to try to escape.

One person in the group, a 34-year-old man from Colorado, was injured and suffered an arm injury, National Park officials said.

The injured man was taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

The park visitor who took the video (Rob Goodell) said that before shooting the video he had been following the bison for a while. He saw the situation unfold and claims the man seen wearing a hat in the video approached the bison and got too close.

According to Goodell, the man who was attacked was the first to anger the bison. The bison then went after the older couple as the child ran towards them.

Jeremy Shaw, park manager at Antelope Island in Utah, said people tend to get too close to bison. “They always want to get closer and closer for photos. But ultimately, whenever there’s a dangerous interaction with wildlife, it’s because the person has gotten too close.”

This is the second reported incident in 2022 of a visitor getting too close to a bison and the animal responding to the perceived threat by goring the individual.

The incident remains under investigation.