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It was a buffa-low-blow.

Frightening footage captured the heart-pounding moment that a woman was attacked by an angry bison while hiking in Texas. A clip of the nail-biting wildlife encounter, filmed from her terrifying point of view, boasts 2.1 million views on TikTok as the victim warns people of the perils of getting too close to the hulking, horned ungulates.

“I was charged and gored by a bison because I was to[o] CLOSE to be passing them on a trailway,” Rebecca Clark captioned the clip of the attack, which occurred while she was hiking alone at the Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway. The park is home to some 100 animals belonging to the official “Texas State Bison Herd,” which were brought back from the brink of extinction as part of a statewide conservation campaign.

A Texas woman was battered by an angry bison after getting too close while hiking.
A Texas woman was gored by an angry bison after getting too close to it while hiking.
Rebecca Clark failed to maintain a proper distance from the herd.
Rebecca Clark failed to maintain a proper distance from the herd.
TikTok/rebeccaclark
The bison is the largest land animal in North America, capable of weighing up to 2,000 pounds.
The bison is the largest land animal in North America, and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.
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In the nail-biting clip, Clark can be seen hiking through a picturesque landscape when a group of the gigantic grazers crosses the trail mere feet in front of her.

“There you go, keep going. I don’t want to deal with them,” the hiker can be heard muttering as she attempts to sneak by the critters, which are North America’s largest land mammal, weighing up to 2,000 pounds.

“I just want to go by. Come on, keep going. I just want to get by, OK, thank you, I appreciate it. I didn’t want to go through the bushes again.”

Just when it seems like Clark’s going to pass them without incident, one of the bearded bovines wheels around, and charges at the petrified hiker.

“Oh s – – t,” the woman yells as she turns to flee the behemoth. “Oh, oh my God! Oh my God, oh God!”

A big daddy bison prepares to charge.
A big daddy bison prepares to charge.
TikTok/rebeccaclark

Clark didn’t capture the actual attack on camera as she was attempting to get away, although her screams are on the recording. However, she explained in a follow-up clip that the bison “rammed my back, gored me and threw me into a mesquite bush.”

Thankfully, while the phone signal was weak, the victim managed to contact friends and family. She then waited “50 minutes until help arrived,” whereupon she was flown to the hospital.

Fortunately, Clark said she was OK, aside from a “hole in my back” and “lots of stickers and thorns,” per the clip.

Needless to say, the hiker’s saga went viral on TikTok, with many critics lecturing her for failing to maintain a safe distance from the bison.

“OMG should have kept more distance then that, your fault,” chastised one viewer, while another wrote, “The Darwin Awards in full effect I see play stupid games win stupid prizes.”

“I was charged and gored by a bison because I was to[o] CLOSE to be passing them on a trailway,” Clark admitted.
TikTok/rebeccaclark


Others wondered why she didn’t wait for the bison to reach the other side of the road before barging on ahead.

“Hope ur okay! Should of just waited another minute or two,” observed one commenter, to which Clark replied, “I’m definitely working on my patience!”

The Texas Parks & Wildlife site states, “Bison require at least 50 yards (half a football field) between them and people.”

This distance can be hard to gauge, so they advise using the “Rule of Thumb” to make sure “you are far enough away.”

“Stretch your arm out away from your face and give bison a thumbs up!” the wildlife site explains. “Now close one eye. Can you cover the bison with your thumb? If not, you’re too close!”

Maintaining distance is especially important given that bison can attain speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, despite appearing to be slow and lumbering.

Fortunately, Clark said she was okay aside from a
Fortunately, Clark said she was OK, aside from a “hole in my back” and “lots of stickers and thorns.”
TikTok/rebeccaclark

Despite the attack, Clark doesn’t hold any ill will toward these majestic beasts.

“They are beautiful creatures protected by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD),” she wrote, adding,” I am posting to support safety while enjoying Texas State Parks.”

In a more serious incident over the summer, a UK tourist was left partially paralyzed after getting rammed by an angry bison, which penetrated her thigh with its horn.

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