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Toddlers trampled by buffalo in Battle Lake

Two toddlers are hurt but in stable condition after being trampled by several buffalo in rural Battle Lake on Friday.

The two three-year-old boys wandered from their home while their mother was asleep, slipping through a six-foot fence into the neighbor’s buffalo pasture, according to a Forum News Service report. The owner of the buffalo said he goes to great lengths to keep people from getting into the area, and was visibly frustrated and upset during a brief interview with the news service.

There are calves in the pasture, causing the buffalo to act protective and jumpy.

A press release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office states that the boys’ mother was the one who found them. Both boys were injured but conscious when law enforcement arrived.

The incident occurred just west of Amor, along County Highway 74, at about 10:15 a.m. last Friday. The victim’s names are not being released.

Battle Lake Rescue responded to the scene, along with the Fergus Falls Ringdahl ambulance. One of the boys was taken by life-flight to Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. They were both said to be in stable condition on Saturday.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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