Man rammed by bison says he was protecting runners

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  • moes1 salt lake city, UT
    March 29, 2013 5:16 p.m.

    I along with 700+ runners went through the gate next to the buffalo. It was 100 yards from the finish. As always, the Buffalo have the right of way. If you can't get through the gate to finish then wait. End of story. I didn't see this happen but the guy was wrong. I have run on trails at Antelope Island many times among the Buffalo with no issues. I have had to divert around them a few times too. I have also ridden horses close to buffalo in the back country of Yellowstone. If you don't act threatening then they just ignore you. I am glad he wasn't hurt but treating Buffalo like some cow is not too smart. It's a great race, well run by the race director and a great opportunity to see the island. The buffalo stew after the race was tasty too. I'll be there next year!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 29, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    In the future:

    Antelope Island could be a great place with the Bison all at the main gate area on the east end of the causeway. The runners could all be in front of the bison and they could all run the 7 miles to the island and the protection net would be the water on each side of the causeway. However, runners would have to verify or show certificates that they could swim just in case the buffalo chased them into the water, the runner could swim away. The runners would also have to have shoes that could be kicked off if needed to get more of a headway from the buffalo. The buffalo would not have calves in the mix so not to be as hostile if it was the cow protecting the calf. Bulls would be in the mix to provide more dynamics to the whole run through the causeway. In years this may be part of the meet or meat, depending on what the track will be like. Maybe that would be the year of the brine shrimp or the brine flies as the theme of the program with sponsors with shrimp drinks or fly pie.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    March 29, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    Not to be sarcastic, but what would you expect the race organizer to say?
    On the other hand, what's the running of the bulls without a little goring? That's what gives it the reputation.
    They were going for the same effect, right?

  • kkodey Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    Bison are very territorial animals and will not normally charge on somebody unless their space is being threatened, or if there may be a calf or a cow close by they are protecting...They are for the most part very docile, and keep to themselves...It is always wise to keep a safe distance if you don't want to become bison shishkabob...

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 29, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    The runners were not damaged. There is a 911 number for emergencies, if he felt he needed to stand in front of a wild buffalo to protect runners. Witnesses or other people were in the area and supposedly didn't feel threatened. Colorado Springs residents shouldn't be approaching wild animals and trying to scare them. You never know the mind of a wild animal, even domesticated dogs attack when they feel threatened. This could be a ploy to get the buffalo off of antelope island and just have it for people from the east that believe the west is just like Rhode Island or North Carolina. Even with a horse, a person can be kicked or stomped on, depending on how you treat an animal or how it woke up that day.

    This is the hot cup of coffee and McDonalds that McDonalds didn't tell the person that the coffee is hot and not to spill it on oneself.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    March 29, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Wow! Anyone who has spent time near buffalo has seen them turn on people. When they do, you'd better have a safe haven to get to. They are quicker than you can imagine and highly maneuverable. They accelerate quickly and can easily outrun any human being. They have no qualms about ramming a horse or a car. I agree with the other posters here that this gentleman needed to get one of the organizers or DNR personnel involved rather than playing the hero. He's quite lucky he wasn't gored or trampled.

  • Rainman Syracuse, UT
    March 29, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    I ride my mt bike out there on the back country trails every week and have had buffalo block the trail a handful of times over the years. You don't take chances and you wait for them to move and keep back. If you can't turn back I think the rangers would rather you go off trail than have you die. It's a beautiful place you just have to respect it and be careful.

  • potato ball Cedar Hills, UT
    March 29, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    I ran the race. The race director explains very well and multiple times how to properly interact (stay away, go around, don't make direct eye contact, etc) with the bison. The bison have the run of the island but the race isn't run through crowds of bison. I saw them three times. The closest was about 35 yards and I didn't feel any urgent concern. I just followed the recommendations and things were perfectly fine. I think if he was really concerned then yes you want to do something. Next time get with someone who knows what they are doing like the people running the race. Let's try to not get the race cancelled because of concerned people who don't know what they are doing.

  • Where's Momo? Sandy, UT
    March 29, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    There are a few pretty reliable sources that said he was throwing rocks at the buffalo before it charged him. I have run this race a few times and know people who witnessed what happened. Contrary to this article and subsequent comments he didn't do the runners any favors.

  • happymomto9 Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 29, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    JWB: " the organizers..."
    you think he had the number readily available?!

    "Colorado people should know about buffalo as they live at the beginning of the plain states that was the roaming ground for centuries of the buffalo."
    seriously? i lived in northeastern colorado for over 14 years. we never once saw a buffalo and we didn't learn about them in school.

    great job in thinking of the runners!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 29, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    Oh, ya cain't roller skate in a buffalo herd....sing it with me!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 29, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    It seems as if this spectator probably had his own camera with pictures of the bison before the attack. Colorado people should know about buffalo as they live at the beginning of the plain states that was the roaming ground for centuries of the buffalo.

    He probably had a cell phone that he could have used to call the organizers and explain his concern and not take the buffalo on as target practice. The buffalo deal with their DNR people all the time as they know how to handle buffalo. Buffalo can be like pit bulls and can have their moments dealing with humans.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 29, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Runners "in and among the bison"? Sounds like a recipe for disaster, if you ask me. The man did good, then.