AVALON (CBSLA) — A man was airlifted to a trauma center after being gored by a buffalo on Catalina Island, authorities said Saturday.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said the man was near the Little Harbor Campground, where buffalo were gathered.

Sgt. Ray Ward – according to the Associated Press – said that the man tried to move away when the buffalo approached. That’s when he said the animal charged.

The incident was reported just after 5 p.m.

The man was flown from Isthmus Pier to the hospital where authorities said he was listed in stable condition.

Ward described the attack as “rare,” according to AP.

Comments (12)
  1. Trish Geer says:

    Seriously this reporter needs to do their homework. This picture is a water buffalo! Not an inhabitant of Catalina Island nor is it an american buffalo or bison that is the subject of this article. Who edits this stuff millenials?

  2. Lori Young says:

    11 comments but only 1 is showing. Wonder what everyone else had to say! I had no idea there were buffalo on Catalina Island. Doesn’t seem like it would be a natural inhabitant of the island. Didn’t they have to get rid of the horses for environmental reasons? I would think buffalo might disrupt a fragile ecosystem as well!

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