Man at­tacked by moose says he’s com­ing around

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY COLIN FAR­RELL SALTWIRE NET­WORK

An at­tack by a bull moose dur­ing a re­cent hunt­ing trip has not de­terred Rod­ney Buf­fett from an ac­tiv­ity he has taken part in since the age of 16.

“Ac­tu­ally, I’m think­ing about go­ing this evening,” Buf­fett, 38, told the South­ern Gazette Wed­nes­day.

“I’m feel­ing pretty good now, I’m com­ing around a bit, ev­ery­day I’m com­ing around more and more.”

Buf­fett was moose hunt­ing 10 kilo­me­tres off the Grand Bank High­way with some friends and his fi­ancée, Denika Hatcher, on Oct. 7.

“We spot­ted the moose, a 14point bull around seven o’clock or so. I shot him once, he fell down and got back up. I shot him again – he fell down so I fig­ured I had him,” said Buf­fett.

Buf­fett said he made his way down from the hill the hunt­ing party had been on, ap­prox­i­mately 200 yards from the moose. “I went down, I sung out to my fi­ancée to come down and bring the knives down,” he ex­plained to the South­ern Gazette.

Buf­fett said when he turned around again, the moose was charg­ing to­wards him.

“He flicked me up in the air a cou­ple times. He drove me

in the ground. I grabbed ahold of his antlers and I fought with him for what seemed like for­ever, but it was about five min­utes or so I guess, (then) he put me down and went on, ran away.”

He fi­ancée and friends were still on the hill watch­ing ev­ery­thing un­fold through binoc­u­lars.

“They all came down, then – see me there and got the paramedics in there.”

Buf­fett was treated on the scene and then air lifted to hospi­tal in St. John’s. “I was in St.

John’s from 9:30 that morn­ing till 6:30 that night,” he said. “I got out, spent a night in St. John’s with my sis­ter, and I come home the next day.”

Buf­fett said he suf­fered frac­tured ribs, a punc­ture mark in his side, stiches in his hand, and some bumps and bruis­ing.

“I got a cou­ple hoof prints on my fore­head.”

Buf­fett said in all his years of hunt­ing, this it is the first time he has wit­nessed any­thing like this.

“First time I’ve ever seen it – first time I heard tell of it.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Rod­ney Buf­fett’s stitched hand af­ter a moose at­tack.

CARL ROSE/SPE­CIAL TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

It was a hunt­ing trip Rod­ney Buf­fett of For­tune won’t soon for­get af­ter he was at­tacked by a bull moose that he shot this past week­end.

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