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American Bison (also known as Buffalo) join the morning commute on Highway 89 at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011.  AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

American Bison (also known as Buffalo) join the morning commute on Highway 89 at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are warning tourists to keep their distance after a bison flipped a woman into the air as she posed for a selfie with the massive beast.

The dangerous encounter was the fifth run-in between park-goers and buffalo at the park this year.

Park officials say the 43-year-old Mississippi woman turned her back on the animal Tuesday evening to get a photo with it on a trail near Old Faithful.

She and her daughter were about 6 yards away when it came at them.

They tried to run, but the bison caught the woman and tossed her with its head.

The woman’s family drove her to a nearby clinic where she was treated and released.

Yellowstone prohibits people from getting within 25 yards of bison.

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  • Grady Lavawolf

    Well it’s obvious the woman has become habituated, she should be treated like other animals there that have become habituated: euthanized…just kidding. But it’s a shame the only “option” park officials usually use when the wild animals get used to being close to people is kill them.