Caught on camera: Woman charged and flipped by bison

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 6:22 PM

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A Utah woman was charged and flipped by a bison in Yellowstone National Park Monday.  She recorded the whole encounter with a video camera.

Cathy Hayes was recording as a friend approached the lone bison at the edge of a parking lot in Biscuit Basin.  You can hear Hayes say, "Getting gored by a buffalo."  Of course she was joking in those seconds before the large animal started bucking and charged her friend.

He fell in the parking lot injuring his shoulder, but the bison had already turned to Hayes and caught her in a small grove of trees flipping her head over heals.  Minutes later she could see and feel her knee swelling to the size of a grapefruit and the bruises began to appear on her arms and legs.  Amazingly no bones were broken.

She says she has always been wary of wildlife during trips to the park, but facing down an angry bison gave her greater respect.

Some viewers noticed that an object appeared to be thrown at the bison prior to the charge.  Hayes says there were a group of people off camera, on the other side of the bison, and were the likely culprits.  She says that was probably the reason they didn't help her after the dangerous encounter.  She says no one from Hayes' party threw anything at the bison.

Hayes and her friend were the second and third Yellowstone visitors to be charged and injured by a bison this summer.  She does admit that they were closer than they were supposed to be and now she knows why.

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