Yellowstone Bison File

Bison and their calves walk along Highway 191 on June 13, 2019, near West Yellowstone.

A bull bison tossed a 9-year-old girl from Florida into the air Monday afternoon in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park.

The park said in a news release that the girl was treated at the Old Faithful Clinic and released.

The incident happened near Observation Point Trail. The release said witnesses saw a group of about 50 people within 10 feet of the bison for at least 20 minutes before the animal charged the girl.

She was taken to Old Faithful Lodge by her family after the incident. Park emergency medical providers assessed her condition and later took her to the clinic.

No citations were issued, and rangers are investigating the incident.

People are required to stay at least 25 yards from all large animals and at least 100 yards from bears and wolves in Yellowstone.

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.

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