Fire officials say a Cave Creek man who was trying to ride his pet buffalo was mauled by the animal after it bucked him off.

The 75-year-old man was flown to a Scottsdale hospital after the incident at his rural home about 20 miles north of downtown Phoenix on Monday. John Kraetz, a district chief for the Rural/Metro fire department, said the unidentified man suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The man owned two of the animals. Kraetz said he's never been on a similar call.

"People do have buffalo on their property, but it's pretty darn uncommon," he said.