Authorities Round Up 20 Bison that Escaped from Indiana Farm

July 23, 2015 08:48 PM
 

Police and animal control officers rounded up a herd of about 20 bison Thursday that escaped from their enclosure.

The bison, including five calves, escaped Wednesday night from a farm near the town of Pierceton, about 30 miles northwest of Fort Wayne, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Chad Hill said.

Authorities learned of roaming buffalo when a homeowner called to report three of them walking across her yard, Hill said

Police and animal control officers — some on horseback and others on all-terrain vehicles — traversed a large rural property trying to round up the bison. Hill said crews herded them into pens and were bringing in trucks and trailers so they could be returned to their farm.

Kosciusko County issued a traffic advisory Thursday morning for State Route 13 to keep drivers on alert while the bison were still loose. The county also closed one rural road.

Hill reported the owner said the bison can be extremely mean and aggressive, especially with calves in the herd.

"Even without that, they are aggressive," he said.

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