Custer State Park Officials Renew Warnings Following Latest Bison Attack

(Laughing) Yep. Buffalo are funny like that, they just do not appreciate stupid!

Keloland TV – by Kevin Woster

Custer County, SD

Custer State Park officials are making yet another appeal for visitors to keep their distance from bison after a woman was gored Thursday she approached a bull.  

The woman received serious injuries that were not considered life threatening. But she was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Puglsey said Friday that she made a mistake that seemed to get repeated by a very few number of park visitors.

“So we are always trying to warn our park visitors about buffalo in particular because they are so large,” he said.

But size is only half the problem. Despite their sluggish appearance, they’re fast, too.

“They look docile, but they’re big,” Pugsley said. “Six feet high at the shoulder, weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can move faster than a horse.”

Which is a bad combination to be moving in the direction of a human on foot. The latest example could have turned out worse.

“Down on the Wildlife Loop Road, kind of what we call Movie Draw, where a lot of previous movies were shot,” says park visitor services coordinator Craig Pugsley. “And a visitor approached a buffalo.”

That’s a bad idea, unless you’re another bison, or you’re in a vehicle. Because call them what you will, bison or buffalo, they need their space.

“We’re the guests in the wildlife’s home,” Pugsley said. “And we need to really respect them and give them the proper distance that they need.”

Puglsey says that’s about 100 yard if you’re near your vehicle, two or three hundred if you’re exploring on foot. Signs and brochures offer guidance, as does an interactive feature in the new visitor center.

“We have a display where if you walk up to it, a buffalo will appear on the screen and it gives you some verbal warnings if you’re getting too close,” he said.

The on-screen bison acts like the real thing after that.

“The tail will raise, the head will shake, it will paw the ground and you’ve entered my space, back off,” Pugsley said.

Tourists on the Wildlife Loop Road today seemed happy to stay in their vehicles, and not just because of light rain. Chris Ponticello was out from Pennsylvanian with his wife and college-age daughter, exploring the west.

And viewing bison from a safe place – inside their pickup.

Ponticello said he and his family spent the night at the State Game Lodge and read about the attack.

“It’s a real reminder to all of us that these are real wild animals,” he said. “We’ve invaded their territory and we’ve got to be respectful of them.”

Along with all the other warnings presented to park visitors, Pugsley says seasonal and regular park employees consistently warn visitors in person when they seem them venturing too near the bison. He says each year a few visitors ignore those warnings, at their peril.

14 thoughts on “Custer State Park Officials Renew Warnings Following Latest Bison Attack

  1. Just wait, that stupid b***h will try to file a lawsuit. She was either really stupid, or wanted to try her hand at being a matador. I’m going with her being really stupid.

  2. I love it. Come see the animals, you sheeples! Be gored in front of a crowd! Yes, go up and pet the “pretty” bison! Aren’t they cute as they stomp on your sorry arse!

    If you’ve ever been around a herd of bison, you best be watchin’ your six.

    I have been to Custer State Park. “Custer was a pussy.” I agreed. Grandstanding politician, posing as a military leader, made the mold for Ike, Custer was a pussy! Ike was a pussy! Patton would have mopped the floor with both of them.

    It’s mindboggling to ponder the ramifications of Patton’s untimely death, no one, at that time, could have challenged him from the Oval office.

    The same people that killed Patton, JFK, RFK, MLK, the list goes on and on to infinity, are still in business today. They are still referred to
    as the CIA.

        1. Hey Millard, I’m reading Viktor Suvorov’s “Aquarium” right now, after that it’s The Patton Papers. It’s 860 pages.
          If you want I will pass it on to you after it’s read.
          Let me know.

  3. “… can move faster than a horse.”

    Now that I didn’t know.

    You can’t fix stupid… but it can be trampled & gored apparently.

    1. “40 MPH
      (from The American Buffalo in Transition, by J. Albert Rorabacher.) A mature bison bull will weigh approximately 2,000 pounds while a mature bison cow will weigh approximately 1,100 pounds. Bison can run at speeds up to 40 MPH.”
      Bison FAQs – Questions and Answers about Bison | National Bison …

      Yup, “You can’t fix stupid.”
      Maybe now she knows that the world is not a Petting Zoo.

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