In sad news, a group of bison (American Buffalo) that escaped a farm in rural New York state were fatally killed by police this week. The group of 15 bison were considered a threat to people and authorities say that tranquilizers would not work to subdue the small, newly freed herd. Instead, a decision between the owners of the farm and local police authorities was made to kill the majestic creatures.
According to NY Local ABC News 7:
Authorities say the 15 bison were killed because they became a danger after crossing the highway.
Three men hired by the farm were cleared to open fire in a stream in woods in the town of Coeymans, about 10 miles south Albany.
Police say the decision was made after experts agreed tranquilizers would not be effective, and no portable corrals could hold the animals.
Authorities say they escaped Thursday from a farm across the Hudson River in the Rensselaer County town of Schodack. The owner believes they swam across the river to the town of Bethlehem, where they wandered across a busy stretch of Interstate 87 and into neighboring Coeymans.
Authorities had been warning that the loose animals were dangerous, and drivers slowed to avoid them.
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