Buffalo may have been protecting calvesPublished 10:57am Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Calving season could be one explanation for why a buffalo might trample someone, according to Dale Rengstorf, of Pelican Rapids and a member of the Minnesota Buffalo Association.
“They will try to defend their offspring, and this is calving season right now,” Rengstorf said.
It’s his best guess as to what might have happened Friday just west of Amor when two 3-year-old boys were trampled by several buffalo Friday morning, according to a news release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
The children were conscious when authorities arrived. One of the boys was transported to Fargo by Life-Flight.
The boys wandered from their home into a secured, fenced-in area where buffalo were kept around 10 a.m. Friday at 34761 County Hwy. 74, according to the news release. The mother found the boys, but not before they were trampled by the buffalo.
He added that an incident like this could even happen in the beef business if a rancher tries to tag a calf.
“Animals are just that way,” Rengstorf said.
Battle Lake Rescue and Fergus Falls Ringdahl Ambulance responded to the scene.