Man gored by bison at Cerro San Cristóbal Ranch identified

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 2/11/20

The man gored by a bison at the Cerro San Cristóbal Ranch in northern Taos County Tuesday morning (Feb. 11) has been identified as John Painter, a longtime ranch employee and a board member with El Prado Water and Sanitation District. 

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Man gored by bison at Cerro San Cristóbal Ranch identified

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The man gored by a bison at the Cerro San Cristóbal Ranch in northern Taos County Tuesday morning (Feb. 11) has been identified as John Painter, a longtime ranch employee and a board member with El Prado Water and Sanitation District. 

Staff at the district confirmed Painter's identity.

According to reports on central dispatch, Painter was caught in the gut. 

Emergency responders were on their way at noon trying to reach Painter,  who was reportedly in a truck a couple of miles off of the highway up a snow-packed road.

Francisco Cordova of Diamond Finish Construction Inc. was one of the first on the scene of the accident. "If I hadn't gone out there to plow, the ambulance wouldn't have gotten in," Cordova said. 

Cordova said the injuries were the worst he had seen in six years. "The thing about Taos is it's a community where people will drop what they're doing to come help you when you need help," he said.

Chris Medina, head of Taos County Emergency Medical Services, told Taos News that first responders from his department, area volunteer fire departments and law enforcement responded to the scene. Based on reports heard on Taos Central Dispatch earlier, Painter was in serious but stable condition as he was transported to the Taos Municipal Airport for medical transport on a fixed-wing plane. 

The ranch – about 40 minutes east of Taos near Tres Piedras –  raises bison for the Montoso Bison Company and has been owned by Alfred Keller and managed by Painter for years.  Painter has been working with the animals on the ranch since 1992.

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