VIDEO: Terrifying moment when a woman gets too close to a bison

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Tourists at Custer State Park in South Dakota captured the shocking moment when a bison threw a woman back and forth, ultimately knocking her unconscious and tearing her pants off. 

According to reports the woman is biker from Iowa.  A crowd of onlookers had gathered by the side of the road to watch a herd of nearby bison.  Among the herd were some calves and young animals.  The woman stepped off of her bike and approached a buffalo calf.  It is not clear what she intended to do, but suddenly a full-grown adult bison (perhaps the calf's mother or father, but this is only speculation) charged the woman. 

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In a stroke of mixed luck, the buffalo's horn missed her vitals but apparently got stuck in the woman's belt.  Enraged, the animal panicked and shook its head in an attempt to free itself, which resulted in the woman being violently thrashed in the ditch.  Luckily it was only a few moments before something in the woman's pants or belt gave way.  She fell to the ground and the bison ran away from the road into the brush, still trailing the woman's pants from its horn.  The woman was unconscious.  Throughout the encounter you can hear the fear and concern in the voices of the people watching the horrifying moment.

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Various onlookers cautiously approached to help the woman, one even removing his shirt to cover the woman.  The other bison seem to grow agitated and begin to run the opposite direction but it is clear that no one feels safe.  

Incredibly, the woman was not seriously injured.  In that respect she is extremely lucky -- the bison can grow to a weight of 1000 pounds, and, unlike domestic cattle, is a wild animal animated by instinct.  Had the horn been an inch above or below she could have been gored.  

Aftermath of Bison Attack

The moral cannot be obvious: do not approach bison.  They are not there for your amusement.

They are beautiful to look at.  But look from a distance.  See the shocking encounter below: 

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Tony (not verified) , Sun, 08/16/2020 - 21:30
Thank you for putting the correct title to this article. Most sources make it sound like the Bison "violently attacked" her like she was innocent in this. I sympathize for her injuries and what she went through, however, it was her own lack of common sense that led to it.
Janet Rivera (not verified) , Mon, 08/17/2020 - 20:58
Helen W (not verified) , Tue, 09/15/2020 - 15:47
We had buffalo on our farm in upstate NY while growing up. My father purchased them in Wyoming. He had a love and respect for them They were not pets. The pens were 12 ft high with a walk over. Never in the 18 years did anyone every touch, pet or tawnt them. Rules were posted and respected. People would stop often to see them. We went to yellowstone in 2002 and kept our distance. These people are foolish. Idiots.
JDawg (not verified) , Tue, 09/15/2020 - 18:56
SO SATISFYING !! Now, I'm glad shes not dead .. BUT .. the idiocy of people is mindboggling. People are morons. Has there been an update yet, not on her condition, but any lawsuits. Has she tried to sue anyone yet?
Rick Reid (not verified) , Mon, 09/21/2020 - 13:35
Having family living in jacksonhole we daily have close encounters with wildlife,these are not pets but wild animals.a buffalo will charge a full size pickup truck roaming it repeatedly. You do stupid things you win stupid prizes
Wilma Johnson (not verified) , Fri, 11/13/2020 - 18:52
I want to know what happened to the buffalo you heard that gunshot or two gunshots and then he comes with her pants did he kill that Buffalo and her calf just to get that woman's pants back because she had her keys in there this is what I want to know whether these animals were destroyed because of this woman's ignorant act?
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