We hear stories almost every year about someone getting a little too close to wildlife in Yellowstone National Park.

On Tuesday, Yellowstone National Park reported that Virginia Junk, 72, of Boise was butted in the thigh, pushed, and tossed off a trail by a bison in the Old Faithful area.

Most of these incidents are completely avoidable. Here are 3 ways to avoid getting assaulted by a wild animal in Yellowstone National Park.

 

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    Use Common Sense

    These are wild animals. Yellowstone National Park isn't a zoo, and there is nothing separating you from the wildlife. Use common sense when you're around wild animals. They have the ability to injure or even kill you. Being smart about your interactions with wildlife will benefit you greatly, and also make your visit to Yellowstone more enjoyable.

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    Follow the Rules of the Park

    Believe it or not, there are rules that you have to follow when you visit Yellowstone National Park. They also give you tips on how to safely view wildlife.

    In case you were unaware, here is some sound advice from the park.

    "Wild animals are unpredictable and dangerous. Every year people are injured when they approach animals too closely. Animals that attack people may need to be relocated or killed. To protect yourself and the animals you come to watch, always remain at least 100 yards (91 meters) from bears or wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 meters) from all other wildlife."

    More safety tips can be found here.

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    Be Aware of Your Surroundings.

    Always be aware of what is going on around you. We all have bad days, even animals. It's bad enough to get head butted by a bison, but it's even worse when you don't see it coming. Take time to evaluate your surroundings so that you're aware of potential dangers.

    Photo Credit: Jesse James