Man hospitalized after bison attack on Catalina Island

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Posted: Aug 27, 2015 7:09 PM

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — The head of a conservation group has been gored by a bison on Santa Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast.

Forty-three-year-old Chris Baker was airlifted to a hospital Wednesday after the attack near the Two Harbors area.

Baker is president and CEO of the American Conservation Experience.

The Flagstaff, Arizona-based group says Baker was doing field work for a new trail system when he turned a corner and found the bison in front of him.

The group says the animal charged Baker. He then walked a quarter-mile on a hiking path until he saw three off-duty firefighters, who called 911.

The group says Baker is recovering from moderate injuries.

About 300 bison live on Catalina. The animals are descendants of 14 animals that were shipped over in 1924 for a Western film.

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This story has been corrected to show Baker was doing field work on the island, not taking photos.