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Local bison owner warns of aggression

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 04:52:35-04

LANSING, Mich. — By now you've probably seen a video on social media of a little girl being tossed into the air and injured by a bison.

The incident happened at Yellowstone National Park on Monday, July 22.

In case you didn't know, there are bison in mid-Michigan, although they're not wild.

Melody Crandall lives in Clinton County and she has eight bison on her farm in the county.

After seeing the video, she's not surprised that the attack happened because she said the large animals can be pretty mellow but, can turn on a dime.

Crandall has owned bison for about 20 years and she doesn't let anyone go into the pen with them unless they're on a tractor.

People even have to stand a few feet away from their pen in case they decide to charge.

"People think they're a lot tamer than they are and they're just not. They're not domestic. You can't go up and pet them like a horse or cow even," she said.

Crandall also said that it's breeding season so she thinks the bull bison may have been aggressive in Yellowstone.

She has been to Yellowstone National Park herself and recommends that people stay in their vehicle with the windows up.

She said that bison will charge and damage vehicles as well.

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