Man Gored by Bison on Catalina Island Survived Attack by Playing Dead

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Bleeding and flat on the ground, Chris Baker tried to play dead in hopes the huge bison that had just gored him would lose interest and wander off.

The animal sniffed, snorted and stood over Baker before finally trotting off. Baker pulled himself to his feet and staggered along a trail near Tower Peak on Catalina Island, looking for help.

He eventually ran into three off-duty firefighters who called paramedics. Baker, 43, was later airlifted to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he remains in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

The details of Baker’s way-too-close encounter with the bison on Wednesday were described by the man’s mother, who credited the firefighters with saving her son’s life.

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