Ellsworth County Deputy Who was Injured by Bison Released from Hospital

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Ellsworth County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Slaight, who was seriously injured by a bison on August 7, was discharged from Salina Regional Health Center and is home recovering from the attack.

According to a press release from Ellsworth County Sheriff Murray Marston, Deputy Slaight said he located the bison just south of Kansas Highway 4 and when he got out of his vehicle to look for a pasture gate, the bison had not seen him yet.

Slaight said when the bison did see him, it charged him so fast he was unable to retreat to his patrol car in time.

The bison hit Deputy Slaight in the chest knocking him to the ground.

Slaight was able to get to his feet and the bison charged him a second time, goring him in the left thigh while tossing him 10 to 12 feet into the air.

A Rice County Sheriff's Deputy arrived at the scene of the attack just as it occurred and the buffalo was put down when it appeared that it was preparing to charge at the down deputy.

Buffalo Kills Man, Injures Deputy in Ellsworth County

(Information courtesy Ellsworth County Sheriff's Office.)