Girl tossed in air after bison charges Yellowstone tourists

Bison  Yellowstone National Park

A bison lays in a meadow near the Midway Geyser Basin area of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on August 22, 2018.

A 9-year-old girl was the victim of a charging bison at Yellowstone National Park on Monday, when a free-roaming bull sent the child airborne in an attack caught on video.

Excited to see the animal up close, they encroached on the bison, coming within 5 feet (1.5 meters) when it suddenly charged the crowd.

Frightening video shows park visitors fleeing a charging bison before it strikes and flings a young girl several feet into the air.

The girl was first taken to Old Faithful lodge for assessment and treatment before she was later taken to the park's medical clinic, which has the same name, the NPS stated.

No citations were issued and the incident is still under investigation.

It also advised anyone visiting to be cautious of wildlife including bears, wolves, moose and coyotes.

She was filming the bull eating when she said it charged at the girl who was walking down a nearby path with her family. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space, ' officials added in their statement.

Yellowstone is home to the largest collection of bison on public land in the US. The animals-which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds-are often unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.

Park officials did not disclose the extent of any injuries. The animals run up to three times as fast as a human or up to 40 miles per hour.

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