Bison throws woman at Custer State Park, officials say


Bison (not the one in the photo) threw a woman who got too close to Custer State Park in South Dakota, officials said.

Bison (not the one in the photo) threw a woman who got too close to Custer State Park in South Dakota, officials said.

Custer State Park

A woman in a South Dakota state park got too close to a bison.

An aggravated bison threw the woman into Custer State Park on Saturday, park officials said. A couple were returning from a wedding reception at a state park lodge when they encountered a small herd of bison near the trail, Kobee Stalder, visitor services program manager, told McClatchy News.

When the woman got too close to a bison, she was thrown to the ground, Stalder said.

“Other than a few bumps and bruises, she was fine,” Stalder said in an email. “We are very fortunate in this regard that no more serious injuries were sustained in this incident.”

Last year, a bison charged a woman and threw her out of her pants in the same state park. His jeans caught on the buffalo’s horn, McClatchy News reported.

“Bison were everywhere we went, herds and herds,” wrote Jo Reed, who filmed the incident. “We rounded a bend just behind a group of motorcyclists and there was a herd in the middle of the road, including a cow (female) and her suckling calf.”

The state park is home to one of the largest bison herds in the world, according to the South Dakota Department of Tourism. Over 1,400 bison roam the park.

Custer State Park spans 71,000 acres in the state’s Black Hills. It is home to abundant wildlife.

“Although the animals in the park are used to visitors and vehicles, they are still wild animals,” South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks said on its website. “Please stay in your vehicle or at least 100 meters from bison, elk and other animals. “

Bison can be a dangerous animal. They can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and run up to 30 miles per hour, according to the National Park Service.

“We do our best to inform our visitors that they should see bison from a distance of at least 100 meters and that the best possible way to see them is from the safety of their vehicles,” Stalder said. “But if they meet them on a trail, they should give them plenty of room.”

Maddie Capron is a real-time McClatchy reporter specializing in the outdoors and wildlife in the Western United States. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked for CNN, the Idaho Statesman, and the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.


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