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Bison attacks woman who was trying to take a selfie with it

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:21 PM - U.S. officials in Yellowstone National Park are reminding the public to refrain from getting too close to wildlife after a woman was attacked by a bison while trying to take a 'selfie' photo with it.

The 43-year-old Mississippi woman was injured when she and her daughter turned their backs to the animal, which was about 6 yards away, to take a photo.

"They heard the bison's footsteps moving toward them and started to run, but the bison caught the mother on the right side, lifted her up and tossed her with its head," the park service said in a statement issued Wednesday. 

The woman's family drove her to a nearby clinic for treatment. She was released with minor injuries.

Officials say this is the fifth time this year a person as been injured after approaching a bison in Yellowstone. Three of those injuries were the result of attempted photo-taking.

"The family said they read the warnings in both the park literature and the signage, but saw other people close to the bison, so they thought it would be OK," Colleen Rawlings, a ranger in the park's Old Faithful District, told CNN.

"People need to recognize that Yellowstone wildlife is wild, even though they seem docile. This woman was lucky that her injuries were not more severe."

Source: CNN

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