Tourist gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park

A bison has gored a woman, the third animal attack in Yellowstone National Park this week.

She was taken by ambulance to a Montana hotel and was in good condition.

Park officials say that Hancock, 59, was gored when a crowd came within 10 yards of the animal on a boardwalk at Found Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin, KBZK reports.

When the bison crossed the boardwalk, it became agitated and charged at the crowd and gored Hancock.

There have been two bison attacks so far in 2018.

Earlier in the week, two women were injured by elk, one on Sunday and another on Tuesday. Park officials aren't sure if it was the same elk. It butted her in the thigh and slightly injured the woman.

Calving season is causing elk mothers to act aggressively as they protect their newborns and hide them near buildings or cars, park experts said.

Park staff do not intend to capture nor kill the bison. There was one incident in 2017 and five in 2015.

Wednesday's bison attack is the second time a park visitor has been wounded by the breed this year, officials said, noting that "in a little over a month, four people have been injured by wildlife in Yellowstone". The statement noted that people should keep a distance of roughly 75 feet at least from certain animals including bison and elk, and stay even further away from bears and wolves.

'Give animals space when they're near trails, boardwalks, parking lots, or in developed areas'.

"If you can't maintain these distances, turn around and find an alternate route", the park advised.