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Girl tossed in air after bison charges Yellowstone tourists

The terrifying moment was caught on camera by bystanders.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, bison enter the corral, where they'll receive vaccinations and health screenings following the annual roundup, on Antelope Island, Utah. This year, about 700 bison were pushed into corrals during the 32nd year of a roundup that conjures memories of a bygone era of the American West. The animals are rounded up each fall so they can receive health checkups and vaccinations and be affixed with a small external computer chip that stores health information. They are then released back on the island or sold at a public auction to keep the herd at a manageable level of about 500. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Yellowstone National Park officials say a bull bison tossed a 9-year-old Florida girl into the air when the animal charged a group of about 50 tourists.

Park officials say the bison rushed the group Monday after some of the tourists approached to within 5 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) of the animal over at least 20 minutes.

The girl, who is from Odessa, FL was taken to Old Faithful Lodge by her family for treatment by emergency personnel. She was later taken to a clinic and released.

Park officials did not disclose the extent of any injuries.

The incident occurred near Observation Point Trail, in the area of Old Faithful Geyser.

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Injuries of tourists by bison and other wildlife occur regularly in Yellowstone, which gets about 4 million visitors annually.