Bison injures visitor to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

PHOTO: A bison bull in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Photo Date: Undated (Source: National Park Service)

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - The National Park Service says a bison injured a woman visiting the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

Officials say the 55-year-old woman from Watford City was hiking around a bend on the Buckhorn Trail on Monday afternoon when she encountered a bull bison on the trail.

The bull charged, striking the woman in the face and knocking her down.

The woman called 911 while on the ground, and a U.S. park ranger responded and found the bull still standing near the woman.

The bison did not respond to hazing measures, so the ranger shot the animal.

The woman was flown to Minot and treated for broken vertebrae and facial fractures.