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Driver nearly hits bison crossing Tooele County road

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 13:45:31-05

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A driver heading down a Tooele County road early Monday came face-to-horns with a unique driving hazard.

Starr Allen and her fiance were driving home from work when they came upon a herd of bison crossing the road near the shooting pit off State Road 36 south of Stockton.

Thankfully, Allen was able to avoid hitting any of the animals, but offered a heads-up to their owner.

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"If someone is missing some buffalo by chance I just almost hit one they are over by stockton pit," Allen wrote on Facebook.

Just a reminder that there are plenty of reasons to always keep your eyes on the road while driving in Utah, especially with the wide varieties of wildlife in the state.

And for those asking why the animals are identified as bison and not buffalo, here's the official definition from the Smithsonian's National Zoo:

"Though the terms are often used interchangeably, buffalo and bison are distinct animals. Old World “true” buffalo (Cape buffalo and water buffalo) are native to Africa and Asia. Bison are found in North America and Europe."