Custer State Park (South Dakota) took to Facebook yesterday afternoon to inform their followers about an incident involving a bison and a park visitor.
Here’s a description of the incident according to Custer State Park:
“While hiking near the Wildlife Loop Road a female visitor, her companion, and dog came over a hill and surprised a small herd of bull bison. It appears one of the bulls charged the dog and hit the female visitor. She was taken to a local hospital.”
It doesn’t seem like this visitor was being irresponsible based on the description, but the park is still warning guests to use caution moving forward. Custer State Park recommends stating at least 100 yards away from bison whenever possible.
More details from Keloland Media below:
Custer State Park is a 71,000 acre park home to hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and one of the largest publicly owned bison herds in the world.
There’s estimated to be nearly 1,300 bison that freely roam the park.
Please be safe out there, friends.
Give bison their space, and don’t do anything stupid. They will charge, they will hurt you, and they could kill you.
Hopefully the woman involved in this incident will make a full recovery.