Bison Rips Off Woman’s Pants, Spins Her Around During Attack In South Dakota

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I tried to warn people back in July that bison in the United States are not playing games this summer. The bison clearly know that there’s a pandemic going on and that means taking social distancing seriously. The minute you think these guys want to pose for your iPhone is the minute one of these beasts picks up a woman and absolutely rag-dolls her.

The latest incident went down at Custar State Park in South Dakota where bikers in town for the Sturgis rally were on the scenic drive through the park . The bison roam free and put up roadblocks along the way. One thing led to another and a woman ended up on a Life Flight.

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Question: How far do You need to social distance from wild bison?Answer: Farther than the person in this video!Sadly, a bison incident happened again today in Custer State Park, South Dakota. A biker decided to get closer for photos and it attacked her. Please RESPECT wildlife and give it space! Put down the phone and enjoy wildlife from afar. It's not worth the risk.What do you think?For more information visit us at www.777BisonRanch.comA very special thank you to Jo Reed for capturing and sharing the video.#bison#777bisonranch#regenerativeagriculture#buffalo#dontpetthebison#socialdistance#bisondontlikeinstagram

Posted by 777 Bison Ranch on Thursday, August 13, 2020

According to the Custar County Sheriff:

Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley reports a woman was attacked by a buffalo along Iron Mountain Road in Custer State Park on Wednesday. Mechaley says the victim had to be transported by Black Hills Life Flight. No other details are available at this time.
Just last week the sheriff’s office issued an advisory on its Facebook page urging visitors to keep their distance from buffalo.

UPDATE: Mechaley reports this morning that the victim, a 54 year old Iowa woman, somehow escaped serious injury in the incident. He says, according to eyewitnesses, the woman had gotten off the motorcycle on which she was a passenger and was attempting to approach a buffalo calf when another adult bison charged her catching her belt and jeans on its horn and swung her around violently. She was apparently saved when her pants came off and she fell to the ground unconscious. He says at that point the attacking animal ran off along with the rest of the herd.

He says the incident occurred at 6:39 p.m. near mile marker 40 on Iron Mountain Road and was responded to by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Custer State Park rangers, Custer Ambulance and Black Hills Life Flight.

Know someone headed to see the bison before summer is over? Go ahead and show them what happens when you get close enough to be horned up by a bison. Then, if they get rag-dolled, it’s on them. I bet the Iowa woman regrets trying to get that perfect shot for her Facebook page.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. I hope the Bison didn’t hurt it’s horn. It’s a shame she won’t qualify for a Darwin Award, perhaps an Honorable Mention as a consolation prize.

    Go Bison!!

  2. I love people. That said, this was a true turf battle and home game for the beasts. In affect, Bikers vs Bison! The headline should say, “Spectacular defensive read by a Bison”. ( It certainly wasn’t an attack. The offensive Biker was off sides, maybe even unsportsmanlike behavior!)

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