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Hiker injured by bison at Antelope Island

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ANTELOPE ISLAND — A woman was charged by a bison Friday evening while she hiked the Lakeside Trail, officials said.

The 22-year-old woman suffered a compound fracture to one of her ankles and was possibly gored on one of her thighs, according to Utah State Parks Ranger Chris Quatrale.

The bison was alone and near the trail when it collided with the woman about 7:25 p.m., he added.

First responders were on scene Friday night assisting the woman and due to the remote area, a medical helicopter was called, Quatrale said.

The woman never lost consciousness and was alert, he said. Officials don’t consider her injuries life-threatening.

"Bison can be dangerous. They're a very large animal. They're not a predator so they're not actively out there hunting anybody,” Quatrale said. “They want to avoid human contact as much as possible, but every once in a while they're on a trail, others are on a trail, and sometimes it's inevitable they're going to meet."

Details surrounding the altercation with the woman and animal weren’t immediately available.

Contributing: Alex Cabrero, KSL TV


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