A 9-year-old girl was thrown several feet into the air by a charging bison at Yellowstone National Park on Monday – and the incident was caught on camera.
The girl was one of about 50 visitors standing near the bison by the Old Faithful Geyser when it started to charge, the National Park Service said, according to The New York Post.
Park visitor Hailey Dayton, who was filming, told the Post that “everyone was screaming and running while little kids were crying,” especially after the bison turned toward another group of visitors following the incident.
The girl was treated and released from the Old Faithful Clinic. A representative for the National Park Service was not immediately available to comment on the extent of the girl’s injuries.
The incident is reportedly under investigation.
According to the National Park Service, Yellowstone is the only area in the lower 48 states to have a “continuously free-ranging bison population since prehistoric times,” and herds are allowed to roam the park “relatively freely.”
The park does frown upon certain instances of visitor interaction, however, as an Oregon man was sentenced to 130 days in jail in August 2018 for getting out of his car and taunting a bison.
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