A woman is attacked by a bison as she tries to photograph herds at Custer State Park in South Dakota.
The encounter was recorded on video and showed a group of motorcyclists stopping on the road as a large herd passed by. A woman walks to the grass and sits down to take a picture of the bison her mother and her baby.
Another bison lunged at the woman and hooked its horns into her jeans, tossing her in the air. She was thrown out of her pants and fell to the ground when everyone ran to help.
Custer State Park officials were not immediately contacted on Friday morning.
The park̵7;s director, Matt Snyder, told News Channel 1 that the victim, a 54-year-old woman from Iowa, was taken to the hospital by lifeboat in an unexplained condition.
Tourist Jo Reed, who took the video, said the incident occurred on Wednesday.
She wrote in a Facebook post: “The bison is everywhere we go, each and every one of them. “We came around a bend right behind a group of motorcyclists and there was a herd standing in the middle of the road, most notably a cow (female) and her calf lactating.”
Reed said he got out of the top of his Jeep to take a photo and saw a woman get off the motorcycle and approach the herd of cattle. She wanted to share the video of the attack as a reminder of the dangers of confronting a wild animal.
“PLEASE PLEASE SUCCEEDS share this, so that everyone understands that they are about to die against such a powerful animal. Thankfully, the ranger does not need to reassure the bison,” Reed wrote. .
The incident in Custer State Park comes more than a month after two bison attacked separately in Yellowstone National Park.
In June, a 72-year-old woman in California had pain while trying to photograph a bison. The park service said in a statement at the time that she “had repeatedly approached bison within 10 feet” and that the bison most likely felt threatened.
The woman, who was not identified, “suffered many bleeding wounds” and was taken to the hospital, where she was later released.
Another woman was knocked to the ground by a bison and injured in May after park officials said she was too close to the animal.