Recent incident leaves visitor injured by bison

Bison Crossing A Road At Custer State ParkCUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – A park visitor while hiking was injured by a bison, Thursday, June 16, in Custer State Park.

A female visitor with her companion and their dog, were hiking near the Wildlife Loop Road. Their dog surprised a small herd of bull bison after going over a hill.

According to a press release from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, it appeared that one of the bulls charged the dog and hit the woman and she was taken to a local hospital.

“It is always important to remember that bison, and all the animals in the park, are unpredictable,” Lydia Austin, Custer State Park’s Visitor Services Manager, said in the press release. “When possible, stay at least 100 yards away from bison and always be extra aware when approaching blind corners.”

Custer State Park has one of the largest publicly owned bison herd in the word, so even though incidents between bison and visitors don’t happen often, they can still occur.

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