She was airlifted to a local hospital but only suffered minor injuries
There has been an uptick in bison attacks in recent months, and ignorant people are to blame. The most recent one occurred last week when a woman visiting South Dakota’s Custer State Park decided to approach a bison for a photo op. The vicious attack was caught on camera.
In the footage, you see the woman walk up to the bison as onlookers voiced their concern.
“How close does she have to get?” one woman said.
Then, the bison attacked. As it tossed her around, the bison’s horn got caught on her belt. It finally slung her free, but she lost her pants in the process. The bison ran off with her pants still hanging from its horn.
Bystanders rushed to help the woman, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Luckily, she received only minor injuries.
“Stop this nonsense, OK?” said wildlife expert Ron Magill. “These are wild animals.”
Magill said bison don’t show signs of getting agitated, which makes them extremely dangerous.
“A cat will put its ears back and snarl or something like that. A bison might be grazing and then in a split second turn on you,” Magill said.
There are signs posted at the park warning guests not to get close to bison, and the local sheriff just posted on social media, “Remember this is their park and we are their guests, so keep your distance.”
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.