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  • Officials are reminding visitors that it is illegal to feed or approach the wildlife at Yosemite National Park.
  • A girl was attacked by a buck last week that other visitors were feeding.
  • The girl was treated at the Yosemite Medical Clinic before being transferred to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

Officials are reminding visitors that it is illegal to feed or approach the wildlife at Yosemite National Park after a girl was attacked by a buck that other visitors were feeding.

“The buck spooked and its antlers connected with the girl's arm, causing a deep laceration and chest abrasions,” Yosemite National Park wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

The girl was treated at the Yosemite Medical Clinic before being transferred to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.


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“It is illegal to feed or approach wildlife in Yosemite!” the post continued. “While some animals, including deer, might get used to people approaching them, they spook easily and will defend themselves if people get too close or startle them.”

Earlier this year, a woman was sentenced to four days in jail and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to “willfully remaining, approaching, and photographing wildlife within 100 yards” at another national park, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

Samantha R. Dehring was visiting Yellowstone National Park on May 10, 2021, when a grizzly bear and her three cubs began to approach Dehring and other visitors. While the other visitors began to back away from the bears, Dehring continued to take pictures from a spot near the bears until the mother grizzly charged at her.


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Published on Nov 29, 2021