Visitors from around the world travel to Custer State Park to see the buffalo, but Park Rangers warn you don't want to get too close to the bison. It's a lesson that one visitor learned the hard way when a bull gored her leg with its horn.
"Safety is our number one factor here. We want to keep everybody safe, we want them to enjoy the animals but in a safe way," Custer State Park Conservation Officer Ron Tietsort said.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen on Monday afternoon when a visitor to the park met with the dangerous end of a buffalo.
"People were getting pictures of it and as it started walking towards a lady, she stayed there taking photos, got too close and it let her know she was too close," Tietsort said.
It was an injury that warranted a trip to the hospital in Custer.
"That's too bad. I suppose you just have to stay away from them, do what they tell you in the park. You know, stay in your car and if they're far enough away you can get out but make sure you can get back in quick if you have to," park visitor John Starritt said.
One reason why many people disregard warning signs like this is because they assume that because they're so big they aren't very fast. But park officials say that just isn't the case.
"Unless you can run faster than 30 miles per hour, I would stay in your vehicle or at least have a vehicle right there by you or between you and the animal," Tietsort said.
But visitors including Starritt aren't letting the incident deter them from enjoying the sights and sounds they came to experience.
"My wife and I are really enjoying it. We were out here most of the day yesterday and have come back. Didn't see any buffalo yesterday but today they're all right there," Starritt said.
This isn't the first time a visitor to the park has been gored by a buffalo. A similar incident back in 2001 killed a park visitor from Michigan.