Teen details injury by a bison at national park in North Dakota

The 17-year-old said there was nothing he did to “aggravate” the bison before it charged him and threw him in the air at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
2:35 | 07/30/19

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Transcript for Teen details injury by a bison at national park in North Dakota
We are back with that frightening attack at a national park. A bison charging a 17-year-old in North Dakota. The teen is now speaking out and Paula Faris is here with more. Paula, this is the second bison attack in a week. It certainly is. Good morning, Cecilia. This teenager was an experienced hiker. He knows to keep a safe distance but he said that bison charged out of nowhere. This morning, a 17-year-old is speaking out recovering released from the hospital after being attacked by a bison and thrown six feet into the air. At first I kind of didn't believe it. Oh, my god, I'm getting charged by a bison right now. Reporter: The teen says he was hiking in North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt national park Saturday when he came across that bison. According to the teen he was walking at a distance between a lone male bison and a herd and that's when he said the male bison struck him from behind. There was nothing that I did to aggravate him and then all of a sudden I kind of got this feeling that something was chasing me and then all of a sudden he just throws me into the air. Reporter: Medics treated the teen on scene before airlifting him to a local hospital. This attack on the heels of a 9-year-old girl who was also thrown into the air after being chased by a bison at yellowstone national park. She's now recovering after being treated and released. We seem to be in the age of when animal as tack, they seem to get a lot of attention so I think we're hearing more about . I don't know if it's necessarily happening more often. Reporter: This woman part of a crowd that got a little too close to one at yellowstone. It was the most frightening experience I have been through in my life. Reporter: In this latest attack these photos were taken by witnesses a short time after the teen was struck. They were fighting every five to ten minutes. Reporter: They say some of the bison appeared to be acting aggressively. They probably were just looking for their territory or trying to claim the females. Reporter: Now, this injured teen says that the backpack he was wearing most likely saved his life because of the extra padding which he landed on. He might need additional surgery but as for why the bison attacked, experts say peak mating season is right now, July through August and males behave aggressively because they are competing for mating opportunities but these are beautiful, powerful creatures to be observed from afar. They can weigh up to a ton and run 40 miles per hour. Can't outrun it. You can try to but you probably won't. 40 miles an hour, no. You should be in the olympics winning a gold medal if you can

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