A woman is fortunate to be alive after a bison attacked her, goring her in the back and tossing her into the air during her hike down a trail in a Texas state park.
According to ABC 7, Rebecca Clark was hiking by herself at Texas' Caprock Canyons State Park when she decided to video a group of bison as she passed closely by them. Just as it looked as if she’d gotten by unscathed, one of the large animals noticed her and charged.
The bison gored her in the back and tossed her into the air.
"He rammed my back and caught me and flipped me in the air, caught me and then flipped me in the air, and flipped me face first into the mesquite bush," Clark told "Good Morning America."
Clark waited in a bush for almost an hour until she was airlifted to hospital where she remained for six days. Fortunatley, she's expected to fully recover.
"It could have been my spine. It could have been my organs. And it was literally just the skin on my back that he just gored up and put a pretty good, pretty big hole in me," said Clark.
Clark's video of the bison encounter has had more than 2.1 million views on TikTok, and people are chiding Clark for getting too close to the dangerous animals.
"She needs to keep at least 75 feet, and I would say 100 feet, away from a mighty powerful creature like a bison," said Jeff Corwin, a wildlife expert and the host of "Wildlife Nation."
According to a 2019 study conducted by the Department of Wildland Resources and Utah State University, more than 47,000 people are injured and approximately eight people die in the U.S. each year after being attacked or bitten by wildlife.
Some fear that social media is causing people to approach dangerous animals for the perfect footage or photo.
"This is what happens to people throughout the United States is we've often lost our natural fears and have become overly confident," said Corwin. "Especially when TikTok is a part of the conversation."
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.