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Backpacker gored by bison on Catalina Island

September 1, 2007

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— A backpacker fell prey to one of Southern California's lesser-known hazards: being gored by an American bison on Santa Catalina Island.

Jardrec Anangos was recovering from a fractured pelvic bone, a sore back and an open wound after he was attacked Wednesday by one of the descendants of a bison herd brought over to film a silent movie in the 1920s.

"All I can say is I'm happy to be alive," he said.

The bison "didn't like me standing that close and charged me," he said.

Comments

Bladerunner 7 years, 3 months ago

Good story but not as good as "Man eaten by bears at beer festival" last month.

classclown 7 years, 3 months ago

A bison does not have the same reputation nor the same respect for what is is capable of as a bull (bovine) does, but it deserves it just as much if not more. They are not gentle creatures.

camper 7 years, 3 months ago

I was hesitant to read this because I thought it was gonna be grim. My perception of the word "gored" was wrong. I thought it was synonymous with a far worse outcome for this fellow. Well now it is a more a happy story and I am happy he is alive to tell the story.

Wilbur_Nether 7 years, 3 months ago

classclown, like domesticated cattle, the bison is a member of the bovine subfamily (bovinae). To separate them, you have to go to the genus level: domestic cattle fall into the genus Bos, while bison are in the genus, well, Bison.

Your post is exactly correct that these animals deserve respect for their capacity to protect themselves when threatened. A park ranger in Yellowstone once told me that a fully grown bison bull can weigh as much as 2,500 lbs and jump a 6-ft fence from a standing position...and a taller one with a running start.

As the saying goes, if you and a group of friends are running away from an angry bull bison, you don't need to be the fastest one in the group. You only need to be faster than at least one of your friends.

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