Footage has been released showing the moments leading up to an incident in which a 72-year-old woman from California was getting close to a bison at Yellowstone National Park in order to try to take a picture of it. The woman ended up being airlifted to a nearby hospital after the bison gored her as she tried to take photos.
WCCO now has footage provided to the by the Larsen family, who were staying next to the woman in question. Recalling the build-up to the attack, the family recalled to reporters that the woman persisted in approaching the animal and that she paid no mind to early signs it was becoming distressed and gearing up to attack. One member of the family recalls:
The lady got way too close; she just kept provoking the bison. She was trying to reach her hand out and pet the thing.
The newly released video shows the woman getting within a few feet of the bison, as her husband looks on and takes photos. Before long, the bison charged at her, throwing her in the air, before launching a second attack once she got up.
Jodi Larsen, of the family who watched on, is a nurse and tended to the woman until medics arrived. The woman was airlifted to an Idaho hospital, where she has since been released.