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Yellowstone National Park says "Give them room, use your zoom" after tourists were injured by bison

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Yellowstone National Park posted this message after several tourists were injured by getting too close to bison Yellowstone National Park posted this message after several tourists were injured by getting too close to bison
Stock photo of bison in Yellowstone National Park (Photo credit: Elizabeth Moore) Stock photo of bison in Yellowstone National Park (Photo credit: Elizabeth Moore)
GREAT FALLS -

In the wake of five people being injured by bison in recent weeks, Yellowstone National Park is offering this advice to people who want to photograph wildlife in the park: "Give them room, use your zoom!"

Park staff posted the message on the Yellowstone National Park Facebook page on Friday, just days after a woman sustained minor injuries after being tossed by a bison.

It was the fifth such incident in the park in recent weeks.

The "use your zoom" reference is to several of the people who were injured after getting too close to bison in an effort to get a close-up photo or even a "selfie" with the bison.

Instead, people are encouraged to maintain a safe distance and use the zoom feature on their camera or phone

Park officials say that wildlife should not be approached, regardless of how tame or calm they appear. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, visitors must give it a wide berth and keep the required minimum distances of 25 yards away from all large animals -- bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes -- and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

Park officials note that bison can run three times faster than humans can sprint, and are unpredictable and dangerous. 

Visitors must give the animals enough space and alter their own behavior to avoid interacting with an animal in close proximity.

The Facebook message ends with this advice: "Please help us to keep visitors safe and wildlife wild by setting a good example! Remember to treat animals with proper caution and respect. #‎givethemroom #‎useyourzoom #‎wildlifesafety #‎bison #‎elk"

In addition to last week's incident, here are the other recent bison encounters that resulted in people being injured:

- In May, a 16-year-old girl from Taiwan was gored by a bison while posing for a photo near Old Faithful, Yellowstone's famous geyser. She suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries from the attack. 

- On June 2nd, a 62-year-old Australian man was taking pictures within five feet of a bison near Old Faithful Lodge when the animal charged and tossed him into the air several times, according to park officials. He was taken to a hospital for further medical treatment.

- On June 23rd, a 19-year-old Georgia woman was walking with friends to their car after a late-night swim in the Firehole River when they saw a bison lying about 10 feet away. The animal charged the teen and tossed her in the air, leaving her with minor injuries.

- Just over a week later, a 68-year-old Georgia woman was hospitalized after being attacked by a bison while hiking on Storm Point Trail. As the woman passed the bison, it charged and gored her. She was taken by helicopter ambulance to a hospital outside the park for treatment.

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