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Jun 3, 2020

A Love Story Interrupted by a Bison Attack

Kayleigh Davis and Kyler Bourgeous’s encounters with some ornery bison on an island in Utah’s Great Salt Lake made headlines. (Photo: Jon Sailer/Unsplash)
Kayleigh Davis and Kyler Bourgeous’s encounters with some ornery bison on an island in Utah’s Great Salt Lake made headlines.

It’s an established fact that outdoorsy people have the best stories about dating. Getting to know a potential partner while climbing, paddling, or otherwise exploring an unpredictable environment just offers more opportunities for memorable surprises. Usually, these experiences are shared with friends over beers. Sometimes they make their way into wedding toasts. And then there are the incidents that make headlines. So it was with Kayleigh Davis and Kyler Bourgeous’s encounters with some ornery bison on an island in Utah’s Great Salt Lake. This episode comes from the award-wining team at This is Love, a show that investigates life’s most persistent mystery.


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Editor’s Note: Transcriptions of episodes of the Outside Podcast are created with a mix of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and may contain some grammatical errors or slight deviations from the audio.

Editor’s Note: Transcriptions of episodes of the Outside Podcast are created with a mix of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and may contain some grammatical errors or slight deviations from the audio. 

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EPISODE BEGINS 

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Michael Roberts (host): There’s a curious benefit of having a lot of outdoorsy friends that is rarely appreciated, and it’s this: you get to hear the best stories about dating.

Seriously, the stories are so good that Outside has an online column dedicated to the topic. It’s called Tough Love and it’s written by Blair Braverman, who’s a dogsledder. One of my favorite columns had Blair explaining how one goes about dating… while living in a van.

So if you do have a lot of outdoorsy friends, chances are you’ve heard a fair number wild tales of love and adventure. Some of these stories make headlines, like that one last year that involved a new couple … and some very ornery bison on an island in Utah’s Great Salt Lake. After it popped in the news, Outside’s website published an interview with the couple, and I remember reading it and thinking, This would make an incredible podcast episode... But then I got busy and I didn’t follow-up.

Fortunately, another show took it on—a really good show. It’s called This Is Love, and it’s created by the makers of the award-winning podcast Criminal. The show investigates life’s most persistent mystery. For their entire fourth season, which launched in April, host Phoebe Judge is telling stories about animals… and us. When I heard their episode on this couple and those feisty bison, I knew I had to share it here, with all of you.

So here it is. 

[Listen to This is Love here:  https://apple.co/2vIrVhJ]

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Roberts: This story was produced by the podcast This is Love. Their whole 4th season is about animals -- incredible stories about wolves, and birds, and horses, and dogs -- learn more at thisislovepodcast.com. This is Love is created by Lauren Spohr and Phoebe Judge. Needia Wilson is their senior producer. Susannah Roberson is their assistant producer. Audio mix by Michael Ray-feel and Rob Byers. This is Love is a member of Radiotopia from PRX. 

This episode was brought to you by Visit Florida, one of the country’s great adventure destinations. To learn more about all the activities to be had in the sunshine state,  both on and off the water,  go to VisitFlorida.com/Outside.

We’ll be back next week. 

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Outside’s longstanding literary storytelling tradition comes to life in audio with features that will both entertain and inform listeners. We launched in March 2016 with our first series, Science of Survival, which was developed in partnership with PRX, distributors of the idolized This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour, among others. We have since expanded our show and now offer a range of story formats, including interviews with the biggest figures in sports, adventure, and politics, as well as reports from our correspondents in the field.