Yellowstone chief says he is ousted after dispute with Trump administration

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Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Thursday he's being forced out as a "punitive action" following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers in neighboring Montana.

In a statement, the National Park Service said: "Hancock and a crowd of people approached within ten yards of the bison while walking along a boardwalk".

A woman in Yellowstone National Park was gored by a bison on Wednesday after her group came too close to the animal, park authorities said. "The bison immediately left the area". She was taken to the hospital with a hip injury and was in good condition, the park said.

The park's recommendation is that visitors give bison and elk at least 75 feet of space.

This is the second instance of a bison attacking a Yellowstone visitor this year.

He said was informed this week by National Park Service Acting Director Paul "Dan" Smith that a new superintendent will be in place in August and that he will be gone by then.

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Earlier this week, two women were attacked by female elk protecting their calves, according to USA Today.

On May 2, a 72-year-old Idaho woman was butted in the thigh, pushed and tossed off a trail by a bison near Old Faithful. The woman was airlifted to a nearby trauma center to be treated for severe injuries.

If he accepts the new job, Wenk said he would need to make a commitment of at least three to five years "to honor that region, those parks and those employees".

The National Parks Conservation Association said diverse sides should be represented when it comes to places like Yellowstone.

Yellowstone officials have renewed their urging for people to maintain a safe distance from wild animals in the park.

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