Kyler Bourgeous, 30, was running along the Frary Peak Trail at Antelope Island State Park when he crested a blind hill and found himself feet away from a pair of bison. These things happen.
“He said, ‘I just turned and tried to run, and I could see I wasn’t going to make it,’” his mother Bonnie Bourgeous told FOX13. Where is Kevin Costner and his .44 rimfire Henry when you need him?
“I was then kicked and trampled, cracking a rib and cutting my head in the process, before the bison moved away,” he wrote. “I yelled for some nearby hikers to call 911 as I lay in a ball hoping the bison wouldn’t attack again.”
His mother told FOX13 her son hikes in the area frequently and planned for the possibility of an attack. She said her son’s plan was to avoid a direct hit to the front or back and then curl into a ball to protect his vital organs.
Now that is a truly great plan. Remember that the next time your life is threatened. Though on second thought that sounds more like something you do when your plan fails. I guess since he lived he likely thinks it was a good plan.
“Boy, if those guys charge, you are pretty much defenseless,”( especially when you are literally defenseless ) Bourgeous told FOX13. “If he had not turned just one inch this way or that way, it would have gone through his heart and lungs and lower internal organs and there’s no way he would have survived.”
A hiker was gored and trampled by a bison near Frary Peak on Antelope Island State Park in Utah on Saturday, officials said. (REUTERS/U.S. Forest Service)