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Hiker injured when charged by bison at Utah park on island

Sep 28, 2019, 7:23 PM
A bison grazing at Antelope Island on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Carter Williams, KSL)...
A bison grazing at Antelope Island on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Carter Williams, KSL)
(Carter Williams, KSL)

ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old Utah woman hiking at Antelope Island State Park suffered a broken leg and a laceration on her other leg when she was charged by a bison.

Officials say the woman was on an established trail while running toward a companion when the incident occurred Friday evening in a remote area and that it’s not clear what prompted the bison to charge.

The woman’s identity wasn’t released.

Utah State Parks Lt. Eric Stucki said the woman lay still after the bison used its head to throw her into the air and that the animal then nudged her with its nose before moving off.

Antelope Island wildlife include hundreds of bison . The state park is connected to the Great Salt Lake’s southeastern shore by a 7-mile-long (11-kilometer) causeway.

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