A biker who stopped to snap pictures of a herd of bison in South Dakota was attacked by one of the hulking animals, which tossed the woman around by her pants before the fabric ripped, a Custer State Park official said.
A bystander’s video shows several bikers had stopped while a herd of bison crossed a road in Custer State Park. A 54-year-old Iowa woman got off the motorcycle on which she was a passenger and approached a bison calf.
An adult bison then charged and attacked the woman. The bison cow caught the woman’s belt and jeans on its horns and swung her around — violently ripping off her pants before running away, according to the park’s visitor services manager Kobee Stalder.
“These are wild and dangerous animals, even though the look docile,” Stalder said. “You have to respect these animals.”
Bison can stand 6 feet (1.8 metres) tall and weigh as much as 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms), he said.
Several witnesses ran to her aid and one man took off his shirt to cover her. The woman was taken by a medical helicopter from the scene, Stalder said. She had serious pelvic area injuries, but Stalder didn’t know her current condition.
Thousands of motorcycles are travelling through the Black Hills because of the ongoing Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The sheriff’s department issued a warning as the rally began Aug. 7 for people to keep their distance from bison.
“We have had calls about the fluffy cows blocking the road occasionally — some people are also getting too close,” Custer County Sheriff’s office asked people not to pet the buffalo in a Facebook post. “Remember this is their park and we are the guests.”
Thousands of people share comments and reactions to the footage of the woman getting knocked out of her pants in the report run by Inside Edition.
“Glad the bison is safe,” wrote one concerned viewer.
Most people agreed that what the woman did was not wise.
“Nah, that isn’t bravery. That’s stupidity,” one person wrote about the woman who approached the wild animals.
“Accident? I didn’t see any accident. I just saw a bison doing what bison do. Nothing accidental about it at all.”
“Wrong: fear is for those with brains. This woman clearly has no brains or pants.”
“The news reporter says it’s ’a bison accident.’ I’d just call it plain damn stupidity.”
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