NEW: Man Attacked By Buffalo Released From Hospital
A Stanley man who was gored attempting to corral a buffalo that had gotten loose from a Luray-area farm Wednesday night was released from the hospital.
James Dill, 41, of Stanley, suffered a serious leg injury when the animal ran him down, according to Page County Fire and Rescue.
Emergency crews responded to an IBR Corp. farm on Big Oak Road around 7 p.m.
Firefighters said a few buffalo got loose from the farm and the man went into the roadway to herd up the animals to prevent a traffic hazard.
It was originally reported by emergency officials that Dill was a farmhand, but Dill said today that he was simply a passerby.
“I was driving down the road and I saw the buffalo,” said Dill, who was released Thursday from the hospital. “I was trying to help prevent a major disaster. It turned out unfortunate.”
Dill was flown by Front Royal-based AirCare 4 to Winchester Medical Center where he was treated for a roughly foot-long laceration on his leg.
He said he isn’t sure if he sustained permanent damage.
“I’m in a lot of pain and suffering trying to walk on it,” said Dill.
Buffalo, or more accurately the American bison, have become more common as livestock on U.S. farms in the last two decades. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 4,400 private ranches and farms were raising 198,000 head of bison.