Bison Attack In Utah; Man 'Lucky' to Survive 1500 Pound Animal Attack
According to KSL.com, witnesses believe that the man provoked the 1500-pound bison, shaking a nearby fence and throwing rocks at it. The bison responded by ramming him into a fence.
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"This person is very, very, very lucky that he wasn't killed," assistant park manager John Sullivan said.
However, the man, who somehow was not seriously injured, told rangers that all he did was lift his arm.
"The [bison] had gone through the gate section that's located real close to where he got hit and looked like he was going to run off the field," said witness Wayne Ebenroth. "He had to have done something to catch the [bison's] attention, because that's when he turned around and decided to pay him a visit."
Ebenroth was participating in the annual Antelope Island Buffalo run when he saw the bison attack. He said he had never seen anything like that before, even though runners often encounter buffalo or bison during the event.
"Most of the time, the bison will just move and get out of the way," he said.
Rangers decided not to cite the man in this bison attack, figuring it would just add insult to his minor injuries.
As Gawker notes, his is not the first time a bison attack has taken place.
Per CBS in Houston, the Hayes family got an unwelcome surprise in July of 2010 when they were attacked in Yellowstone Park. No one suffered life-threatening injuries, though there were plenty of bruises and broken bones. It appears someone or something else hit the bison in the back with a stick, provoking the attack.
"I could hear him over me stomping and snorting, and I just knew," said Cathy Hayes, who caught the whole incident on film. "I knew at that second that was it. You know, I thought, "This is going to be my last moment. It's going to be in Yellowstone Park getting tromped by a buffalo."
A few years later, another bison attack occurred at the same location. As the Daily Mail notes, a man seems to encourage a group of kids to get closer to the animal, even telling them to touch the bison on its head. Finally, he tells the children to run, but not before the creature sets its eyes on the youngest boy in the group. The kid must run around a nearby bush before he can finally escape a horrible attack.
Obviously, as this incident shows, you should never get too close to a bison. Parks Canada recommends staying around 100 meters away if possible and warns visitors not to chase or scare the animal. If you encounter one in the middle of a road, you should just stay in your car and wait for it to move.
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