Biker Sues SD Ranchers over Bison Attack


Rapid City Journal reports:


A woman who says she got mauled by a buffalo while driving by a South Dakota ranch on her motorcycle is suing the ranch and its owners for negligence.

Marisol Heidrich, of Minot, N.D., says the ranch and its owners failed to take steps that would have prevented her injuries despite knowing the danger the buffalo posed. She is asking for more than $75,000 in compensation from the Mickelson Ranch, in northern Meade County, and its father-and-son owners, Sam and Travis Mickelson.

On Aug. 1, 2014, Heidrich and her husband were traveling on their motorcycles to the Sturgis rally when they came across four buffaloes grazing along U.S. Highway 212, said Heidrich’s lawyer, John Dorsey.

The buffaloes, the lawyer said, had earlier escaped their enclosure and had been left unattended by the road in the middle of the day.



The compensation she is requesting is to cover her medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and permanent impairment, Dorsey said. The exact amount will be determined by a jury if it goes to trial.

The Mickelsons and the ranch, meanwhile, deny any negligence related to Heidrich’s injuries and asked the court to dismiss her complaint.



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Source:  Rapid City Journal



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