Tourists snapping selfies with wild animals a new trend, but it’s not going well in Yellowstone

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National Post

Every year, more than three million people pour into Yellowstone National Park, eager to escape the cramped cubicles and tiny apartments from whence they came.

They gaze upon the geysers. They marvel at the mountains and valleys. They hike around miles of picturesque trails. In other words, they get closer to nature.

Occasionally, a little too close.

On Tuesday, a 43-year-old Mississippi woman and her six-year-old daughter were snapping a selfie in front of a wild bison near the Fairy Falls trailhead just outside Old Faithful.

Then the massive animal attacked.

The woman, who had her back turned to the bison even though it was barely two metres away, tried to flee but was overtaken and tossed into the air, according to the Associated Press. The unidentified tourist was taken to a clinic nearby and treated for minor injuries.

The attack is the fifth this year — the park averages…

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