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A large bison blocks traffic in 2016 in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park as tourists take photos of the animal. A bison gored a California woman Wednesday after a crowd of people got too close to the animal. 

A bison gored a California woman Wednesday at Yellowstone National Park after officials there said a crowd got too close to the animal.

Kim Hancock, 59, suffered a hip injury and was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Big Sky, Montana, where she was in good condition, according to a statement released Thursday by the National Park Service.

Hancock, who is from Santa Rosa, California, was gored after a crowd of people approached within 10 yards of a bull bison that was walking along a boardwalk in the Lower Geyser Basin, the park service reported.

At one point in the encounter, people got within five yards of the bison. The animal became agitated and charged, goring Hancock.

Rangers say people should keep at least 25 yards from bison.

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Animals have injured four people at Yellowstone in a little over a month.

Two woman were attacked by a cow elk behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in separate encounters this week. One of the women suffered serious injuries and was flown to Idaho for treatment.

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Park officials aren’t sure if the same elk was involved in both attacks.

Last month, an Idaho woman suffered injuries after she was butted by a bison near Old Faithful.

Bison have butted visitors before. In 2017, two visitors suffered minor injuries after a bison approached while they were taking photographs and butted them. That incident occurred on a boardwalk at Mud Volcano.

Five bison-related injuries were recorded in 2016. Some were serious. In May of that year, a teenager was gored while attempting to have her photo taken near a bison. A month later, a bison tossed an Australian tourist and in early July, a bison gored a 68-year-old woman as she tried to pass the animal on a trail.

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