Rod­dick­ton na­tive sur­vives bat­tle with en­raged bi­son

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL -

A Yukon hunter has a har­row­ing tale of sur­vival after tan­gling with a bi­son, the largest land mam­mal in North Amer­ica.

Todd Pil­grim, a nat­u­ral re­source of­fi­cer with the Yukon gov­ern­ment orig­i­nally from Rod­dick­ton, was hunt­ing last week north of Whitehorse when he shot and wounded a nearly 650-kilo­gram bi­son.

He says he was track­ing it through the bush when he heard a noise and sud­denly all he could see were the bi­son’s horns as the en­raged an­i­mal charged, slam­ming its head into his and knock­ing him out.

Pil­grim says he re­gained con­scious­ness to find he was smoth­er­ing in fur as the bi­son tried to grind him into the ground, but he was able to wrig­gle free, grab his gun and fire a fi­nal, fa­tal shot.

He says he kept re­peat­ing, “You’re not go­ing to kill me.”

Pil­grim has a con­cus­sion and gash on his fore­head from the head butt, but no other sig­nif­i­cant in­juries, and is re­cov­er­ing at home.


Nat­u­ral re­source of­fi­cer Todd Pil­grim with a dead bi­son on the ground be­hind him.

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