The National Park Service said in a statement that the woman had approached the bison on Monday morning while it was walking near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin, just north of Old Faithful. The statement said that she got within 10 feet before the animal “gored her and tossed her 10 feet into the air.”
Yellowstone guidelines are that visitors are to remain more than 25 yards (23 m) away from bison.
“Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. They are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans,” officials added in the statement.
The park service also said that this is the first reported incident in 2022 of a visitor “threatening” a bison — meaning, getting too close to the animal — and the bison responding to the threat by goring the individual.
The Grove City, Ohio woman sustained a puncture wound and other injuries after the bison launched her 10 feet into the air. Park officials said she was taken via ambulance to a hospital in Idaho where she ultimately passed away.