American Bison (also known as Buffalo) join the morning commute on Highway 89 at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are warning tourists to keep their distance after a bison flipped a woman into the air as she posed for a selfie with the massive beast.
The dangerous encounter was the fifth run-in between park-goers and buffalo at the park this year.
Park officials say the 43-year-old Mississippi woman turned her back on the animal Tuesday evening to get a photo with it on a trail near Old Faithful.
She and her daughter were about 6 yards away when it came at them.
They tried to run, but the bison caught the woman and tossed her with its head.
The woman's family drove her to a nearby clinic where she was treated and released.
Yellowstone prohibits people from getting within 25 yards of bison.