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75 escaped buffalo sought in Schoharie, Otsego counties

75 escaped buffalo sought in Schoharie, Otsego counties

75 escaped buffalo sought in Schoharie, Otsego counties
Gazette file of a herd of bison on the loose in Selkirk in 2015
Photographer: File photo

TOWN OF SHARON - State police are asking the public to keep an eye out for an estimated 75 buffalo that escaped from a town of Sharon farm.

The buffalo escaped July 25 and sightings have since been reported as far east as Mill Pond Road in the town of Schoharie in Schoharie County and as far west as the Pleasant Brook in the town of Roseboom in Otsego County, state police said. The two towns are about 30 miles apart.

Tuesday Update: Most found, but still not caught

Anyone who sees a buffalo should not approach it, but contact the owner at 518-588-1402 or the state police in Richfield Springs at 315-858-1122, state police said.

The first indication that something was wrong came Thursday when troopers received a report of several buffalo eating second cutting hay still growing in the fields, resulting in no forage that could be harvested, state police said.

They were also eating first-cutting bails of hay.

An investigation then revealed that the buffalo originated on a farm in Sharon and had broken a gate that allowed 75 to escape. The buffalo consist of 30 adults, including bulls, and 45 calves. About half of the calves are bulls.

State police and a state Department of Environmental Conservation officer, along with the owner of the buffalo, were working on a plan to corral and funnel the buffalo, state police said.

The incident follows another herd of buffalo that broke loose from a farm in Schodack in April 2015.

Tuesday Update: Most found, but still not caught

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