Yellowstone Bison Attack Leaves Woman Mauled in Harrowing Scene

Chris Whitehill’s plans to pop the question to Amber Harris at Yellowstone National Park this week were thwarted by a terrifying bison attack, but they were not destroyed. On July 17, the couple got engaged by Harris’s hospital bed after she was gravely hurt when a bison gored her close to Lake Yellowstone.

On July 20, Whitehill told NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, “I have replayed it so many times, it was such a freak accident.” Harris, 47, was having morning coffee with Whitehill and her daughter Rylee Eckbad when they spotted a pair of bison. One of the bison, which was approximately 50 yards away, started dropping and rolling in the dirt before charging toward them, Harris posted on Facebook.

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The bison, which can run three times as fast as a human, charged at Harris. “He struck her head-on and she was airborne,” Whitehill told NBC affiliate KPNX. “I think she did one or two backflips in the air, and I was screaming and yelling trying to distract him. She landed pretty hard on her back.” Whitehill said on TODAY. “We just kept moving away, moving away.”

The first documented case of a bison goring at the park this year and the first since June 2022, according to park officials, the National Park Service said in a news release that she was flown by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Harris posted on Facebook that she sustained seven spinal fractures, bilateral collapsed lungs, and “bruising all over.” “Glory to God all my vital organs look good,” she wrote. She entered the hospital as Whitehill’s girlfriend and will leave it as his fiancée after he carries out his proposal in a very different setting than anticipated.

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“My love got down on one knee beside my hospital bed last night and formally asked me to be his wife. Chris had planned a beautiful marriage proposal this week on a natural bridge, but all three of us have been in the hospital since yesterday morning and I will not be able to leave any time soon,” Harris posted on Facebook.

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“I said yes without any hesitation!” Harris’ ordeal followed another woman’s goring by a bison at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota last weekend. Although attacks by bison are uncommon, the National Park Service is cautioning visitors to maintain a safe distance, particularly during the summer mating season, which extends until mid-August.

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