ANTELOPE ISLAND -- The recent goring of a man by a bison he owns has authorities reminding the public that bison are wild animals.
Antelope Island State Park Manager Jeremy Shaw said it is common for him and other park rangers to spot someone getting too close to the bison.
"Usually it is our European visitors who get too close, despite the signs on the road and in the visitor's center that say bison are dangerous," Shaw said.
Most Americans call a bison a buffalo. Buffaloes are animals that live in Africa and South Asia.
Shaw said many visitors see the bison grazing on the island and assume they are like cattle -- docile. But they are not. And many visitors are not aware of how fast a bison can move -- up to 30 miles an hour -- or the tell-tale signs that they are "annoyed."
"If their tail is up and their head is down with their nose to the ground, that means they are about to charge you," Shaw said.
Over the weekend, a 65-year-old Tooele County man was airlifted to University of Utah Hospital after being gored in his lower abdomen, buttocks and forehead by a bison he owns.
Also, a man was knocked down by a bison March 23 during the annual trail run. He was a spectator who said he was concerned for the runners who would have neared the bison once they turned a corner. He and two other men tried to scare the bison from the trail.
Shaw said that is the only time anyone has been hurt by a bison in recent memory. The island hosts several public events, such as the trail run, mountain bike races, the balloon stampede and the bison roundup.
The 27th Annual Bison Roundup is Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Shaw said he expects close to 350 horse riders to participate in the event, and about 150 people will come out to watch. The island currently houses about 700 bison.
A full-grown bull bison can weigh between 2,000 and 2,500 pounds. A full-grown cow bison weighs around 1,600 pounds.
Shaw said he has never had a problem with a bison charging him or the other park rangers when they are on patrol.
The Tooele County goring is the third animal goring in the state in less than a month, according to news reports.
The goring comes less than a week after a wild bull elk gored a shepherd in the mountains in eastern Utah. The elk punctured one of the man's lungs and knocked him unconscious. He was later flown to a Colorado hospital.
Last month, a zookeeper at Lagoon in Farmington was gored by a wildebeest. She was treated at a trauma center and released.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.