Half Time Score: Animals Winning

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Posted by Paul ( on 06:05:12 06/17/18


At the end of the half.

Yellowstone National Park
Three Injured In Three Separate Animal Incidents In Four Days

Park staff were busy during the first week of June responding to incidents in which people were injured by animals, two of them visitors and the third a concession employee:

On Sunday, June 3rd, a concession employee suffered serious injuries when she was attacked by an elk. The elk reportedly reared up and kicked Charlene Triplett several times with its front legs, striking the 51-year-old woman in the head, torso and back. She was flown to the trauma center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. The attack happened behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, where Triplett worked (she was off-duty at the time). The cow elk was protecting a calf that was bedded down roughly 20 feet away and hidden by cars. It s not known whether Triplett saw the calf or the elk prior to the attack.
On Tuesday, a female elk with a calf attacked 53-year-old park visitor Penny Behr of Cypress, Texas, behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. The elk surprised Behr as she walked between cabins; although she backed away, the elk kicked her in the head and body. She was taken to a hospital. The park hasn t yet determined whether the elk involved in this incident was the same as the one who struck Triplett.
On Wednesday, visitors got too close to a bison in the Lower Geyser Basin. The bison charged the crowd, goring 59-year-old Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa, California. Hancock was taken to a hospital with a hip injury and was later reported to be in good condition. According to the park, some people in the crowd got within 15 feet of the bison when the safe distance is at least 75 feet.

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