Check out how one of the victims in the attack was able to subdue the bull. Amazing story. Our thoughts are with the two who were injured.
By Chris Henry
A 22-year-old South Kitsap woman is in critical condition at Tacoma General Hospital after a bull attacked her and a volunteer with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol Wednesday morning. The attack took place in her in-law’s pasture on property in the 6500 block of East Hilldale Road.
The volunteer, a 64-year-old man, was there with another COPS volunteer, a 75-year-old man, to check the vehicle identification number of a car in the field. VIN checks are required before a vehicle being scraped.
According to a Kitsap County Sheriff deputy’s report, the woman accompanied the volunteers into the field, which was occupied by the bull and three cows. There were several other vehicles in the pasture. As the two men were checking the vehicle, the bull became agitated and pinned the woman to the ground, against another vehicle.
The 64-year-old man was able to district the bull, estimated to weigh between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds, long enough for the 75-year-old to help the woman to her feet and out of the pasture.
As the two were making their escape, the 64-year-old slipped in the mud, and the bull started to gore him. The victim managed to get back on his feet, only to have the bull knock him down and attack him again.
The man kept trying to get up and escape, but the bull kept up the attack. The victim eventually grabbed the bull by the nose and squeezed, forcing the animal to retreat. At that point, the victim was able to escape from the pasture.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident and gave first aid to the victim, who had lacerations and puncture wounds, and to the woman, who had unspecified injuries.
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue medics transported the man to Harrison Medical Center’s emergency room. He was discharged at 2:40 p.m. The woman was admitted to Tacoma General Hospital’s emergency room and later admitted. Her condition is critical, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The bull was not harmed and was not taken from the pasture by Kitsap County Animal Control, the report states.