A woman who says she got mauled by a buffalo while driving by a South Dakota ranch on her motorcycle is suing the ranch and its owners for negligence.
Marisol Heidrich, of Minot, N.D., says the ranch and its owners failed to take steps that would have prevented her injuries despite knowing the danger the buffalo posed. She is asking for more than $75,000 in compensation from the Mickelson Ranch, in northern Meade County, and its father-and-son owners, Sam and Travis Mickelson.
On Aug. 1, 2014, Heidrich and her husband were traveling on their motorcycles to the Sturgis rally when they came across four buffaloes grazing along U.S. Highway 212, said Heidrich’s lawyer, John Dorsey.
The buffaloes were owned by the Mickelsons, whose ranch services include guided buffalo hunts, Dorsey said. The ranch is between the town of Faith and the unincorporated community of Mud Butte, about 65 miles northeast of Sturgis.