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Bison attacks woman taking selfie with it

Technically Incorrect: In Yellowstone National Park, a woman thinks it'll be glorious to take a selfie with a bison. The bison doesn't agree.

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There is no limit to the imagination of the selfie-taker.

Wait, that's not actually true. Selfie-takers imagine that every object -- animate or not -- wants to be included in their egotistical memento.

What they don't imagine is that, say, animals aren't necessarily keen.

My evidence is an Associated Press report on Wednesday announcing a 43-year-old Mississippi woman's attempts to take a selfie with a bison in Yellowstone National Park.

It seems that the woman may have come a little too close -- within about six yards -- and turned her back on the beast. It attacked her and her daughter. Even though they ran, the bison did too and tossed her head over heels with its head.

A Yellowstone spokeswoman told me that the woman only received "minor injuries."

A park spokeswoman told the AP: "The (woman) said they knew they were doing something wrong but thought it was OK because other people were nearby."

The logic in that sentence seems to lack, well, sufficient logic.

The spokeswoman told me: "Bison, and all wild animals, demand our respect. Legally, in Yellowstone NP, people must stay at least 25 yards away from large animals and not approach them, regardless of how tame or docile they appear. Bison are large, swift and powerful animals. They are unpredictable and can be dangerous. It is up to us to alter our plans, leave an area, or back off to give them additional space."

Yellowstone warns visitors that the 25-yard limit applies not only to bison, but also elk and moose. Humans should keep 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

Of course, this bison wasn't the first animal to be subjected to the modern scourge of the selfie-obsessed. In New York, for example, they've introduced a bill to prevent people from taking selfies with tigers.

The Russian government recently issued a guidebook that suggested that people really shouldn't take selfies with wild animals. (It also suggested people shouldn't take selfies on top of trains.)

Some people, though, cannot help themselves. Or, rather, they think they will always help themselves by taking pictures of themselves with anything they see.

I wonder if the bison, after making his point, came back to his friends and made a noise of dissatisfaction, while a bison-buddy mused: "Another selfie-taker, huh?"

Update, 12:11 p.m. PT: With comment from Yellowstone.