Warning: Do not mess with a buffalo. If you didn’t already know that, then you should probably watch the bison attack video below.
According to KSL, a man on Antelope Island learned the hard way that it’s usually best to keep a safe distance from bison. And whatever you do, don’t provoke it.
Assistant park manager John Sullivan said: “This person is very, very, very lucky that he wasn’t killed …. Other than being a little dusty … embarrassed and shell-shocked (he was) none the worse for wear.”
A few people who witnessed the bison attack said that the man was shaking the fence trying to get the bison to turn for a photo. He also may have threw a couple of rocks at the animal.
The incident occurred during the annual Antelope Island Buffalo Run. Wayne Ebenroth, who was there to cheer on his wife, witnessed the buffalo attack.
Ebenroth said: “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 … 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. [The bison] just was not comfortable with how close he was hanging out with him.”
Sullivan said that the man, who has not been identified, was not issued a citation for disturbing the bison. The park manager said that the man suffered enough embarrassment from the bison attack.
Antelope Island Buffalo Run organizer Jim Skaggs said that this is the only time he’s witnessed a negative interaction with a bison on the island. Skaggs said that the runners frequently cross paths with the 1,500 pound animals, but, most of the time, the animals will just move out of the way.
You can see a video report about the incident at KSL or watch another video of a bison attack below.