Colo. Man Was Protecting Child When He Was Gored by Bison at Yellowstone National Park, Video Shows

This is the second time this year a visitor at the Yellowstone National Park has been gored after "getting too close to the animal," the National Park Service said

A Colorado man was gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park on Monday, officials said.

The 34-year-old from Colorado Springs was walking with his family on a boardwalk when a bull bison charged the group, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

"Family members did not leave the area, and the bull bison continued to charge and gored the male," officials said.

"The male sustained an injury to his arm and was transported by ambulance to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center," they added.

Video footage from the incident obtained by PEOPLE showed the group was standing close to the bison when it charged at two adults and a child. A third adult stepped in to help, getting between the animal and the child. The video shows the man was then briefly lifted into the air while being gored before he was able to get away.

The incident remains under investigation, although the park said on Monday that this marked "the second reported incident in 2022 of a visitor getting too close to the animal and the bison responding to the perceived threat by goring the individual." Additional details were not shared by the park, which did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

General views of wild bison walking along a highway in Yellowstone National Park on May 25, 2021 in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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On May 30, an Ohio woman, 25, was attacked by a bison after she approached the creature as it walked near the boardwalk at Black Sand Basin, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

"Consequently, the bison gored the woman and tossed her 10 feet into the air," they wrote.

The woman was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with "a puncture wound and other injuries," park officials said.

Bison attacks are a natural response to the perceived threat of an individual, officials warned in the release. The "unpredictable" bovine "can run three times faster than humans" and has "injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal," they said.

Visitors are asked to stay at least 25 yards away from all large animals including elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes, per the park. For bears and wolves, visitors are required to maintain at least 100 yards in distance.

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"Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild and can be dangerous when approached," the National Park Service said in the release. "When an animal is near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space."

"If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity," they added.

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