One bison captured, 5 still on the loose, sheriff says
RICHMONDVILLE A male bison that escaped along with 10 others from the Grumpy Buffalo Farm in Richmondville on Aug. 19 was penned Sunday, according to Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond.
Searchers have been combing the woods and fields in western Schoharie County ever since the massive beasts found a way out of their enclosure.
Five of the bison were still presumed to be in the woods Sunday afternoon, Desmond said, which leaves the status of five other escapees unknown.
Saturday, the Times Union reported that three of the roaming bison were shot and killed because they posed a threat to people and animals in the county.
When contacted Sunday about the status of the bison still on the loose, farmer Tim Hines, who along with his wife raises the animals, said simply, “We’re letting them rest.”
He declined to comment about whether any of the escaped animals had been shot.
Desmond, who said he checks in daily with the bison owners for updates, also would not comment about the alleged shooting of the animals, but confirmed that there were only five left unaccounted for.
He said his main worry is the danger the large animals could pose to the public.
“We’re still concerned that they might get in the road and get hit by a car,” he explained. “They haven’t been seen on any roads so far, but it’s still possible. It’s close to [Interstate 88] and there’s other roads up there, and the size of those animals, if a car hits them, it’s not going to be good.”