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Woman injured by Antelope Island bison was trying to warn friend, officials say

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Posted - Sep 28th, 2019 @ 12:53pm



ANTELOPE ISLAND — A 22-year-old woman was going back to warn her friend about a bison near the trail they were hiking when the bison charged her Friday evening, authorities said Saturday.

The incident, which happened about 7:25 p.m., resulted in the woman suffering a compound fracture in her left leg and a laceration on her right.

According to Utah State Parks Lt. Eric Stucki, the woman was jogging on Lakeside Trail when she spotted the bison about 50 yards away. Knowing her friend is uncomfortable around bison, the woman turned to warn her friend. The bison, though, became disturbed and was attempting to get to the water when it charged the woman, throwing her into the air, Stucki said.

Stucki said the woman laid still after the charging and waited for the bison to leave. The animal nudged her with its nose for a bit, he said, but eventually did move on.

The woman’s name was not released Saturday.

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