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Fri Apr 24, 2015, 06:49 PM

15 escaped bison that crossed New York highway shot and killed.



Published on Apr 24, 2015

The escape of a small herd of bison from a farm in upstate New York ended badly Friday, with the animals being fatally shot after crossing the New York State Thruway.

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.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:24 PM

1. what is the matter with those people? the last time bison got loose around here (smart

creatures, they got loose from the slaughterhouse!!), the local constabulary fired 96 shots, hitting cars, houses--not a single bison. finally had the wildlife people come in with trank guns (gee, one would think that would have been the first thing done??)

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:37 PM

2. There really was no reason to kill them.



It's not like they were gonna bite someone.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:38 PM

3. you are correct, there was no reason to kill them.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:50 PM

4. That is just so sad, ITW.



They couldn't just round them instead they dumped rounds in them.

You know I was not referring to your thread my friend.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:55 PM

6. The thing about bison

is that because they are very intelligent, they aren't easily rounded up and will thwart the efforts of some of the best wranglers. It's because they are intelligent, they left a slaughterhouse environment after all, don't think they had any intention of being returned.

See my other post but beware that videos at the link are rather graphic but it shows what happens to our bison in the US.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:56 PM

7. They should have tranquilized 'em and moved 'em back to the danged ranch.

They weren't far from the ranch that was home.

100% pure bull! That's what that was!

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:52 PM

5. But it's the 'murkin way!



It's what they do here too, or they run/drive them for miles back into the park, including newborns who suffer broken legs and other horrible injury and death.

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 07:59 PM

8. It's just not right. Why can't we treat animals with respect?

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 09:57 PM

13. That's what I would like to know too. n/t

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 08:09 PM

9. Shit...



They should have been rounded up and sent somewhere for their safety...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 08:41 PM

10. It wasn't a good week for the buffalo.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/04/24/a-deadly-end-for-the-runaway-buffalo-herd-that-escaped-in-upstate-new-york/



The 15 bison had made quite the journey, swimming across the Hudson River and racing along the New York State Thruway, forcing cars off the road, the Times Union Reported. The animals broke through police lines and rushed at nearby people, while helicopters buzzed above.

The herd’s owner, George Mesick, told the Times Union that there was no chance of getting them back. “I just want to get this done with as fast as possible so that no one gets hurt,” Mesick said.

So the hunters arrived. Tranquilizers wouldn’t work on such large animals with such thick hides, Gallagher said at the news conference. From the Times Union dispatch:

One of the hunters — “hired guns” — appeared to have a heated exchange with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple after the gunfire started and was taken into custody by the sheriff and investigator. Apple said he was concerned about possible harm to people in the crowded area from the rifle shots. The man was later released.

Apple said the scene was turning into “the Wild West” and he put a stop to it. Apple added: “We had shots being fired all over the place. It was not a safe scene.”


The animals belong to a farm near Bethlehem, N.Y., that raises buffaloes for meat. A broken fence allowed them to escape, and they eventually made their way from rural to more residential communities, reported WIVB.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #10)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 12:40 PM

16. Funny how the Indians hunted and killed them with just

a bow and arrow! (For food) I guess they're better hunters than these cretins!

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 08:44 PM

11. Shame but the owner should have been more responsible...

in pasturing them.near the NYS Thruway. Since he had them for meat he probably didn't lose.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 09:22 PM

12. There is another herd living next to the Thruway between Kingston and Saugerties.

Those animals must have been insured.

I didn't know the hide was so thick that a normal tranquilizer gun wouldn't work. There should have been something with more firepower that would have worked to tranquilize 'em.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Original post)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 12:33 AM

14. Quite the week for bison - Arkansas police: 2 escaped buffaloes not seen since Thursday

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Police say two buffaloes that escaped captivity and roamed a central Arkansas city last week remain unaccounted for.

Hot Springs Cpl. Sonia Luzader said Monday that police called off the search over the weekend and there hasn't been any reported sighting of the animals since the herd escaped Thursday. She says the owner was still looking for the buffaloes.

Police believed the 2,000-pound animals remained within city limits last week but said Monday that their location is unknown. The six buffaloes escaped from a nearby farm and spent Thursday running through neighborhoods and eluding authorities.

One of the animals was hit by a car and three were tranquilized.

Hot Springs is a popular tourist spot with natural hot springs, a national park and horse track.

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Arkansas-police-2-escaped-buffaloes-not-seen-6211083.php

News has said that they think someone purposefully left a gate open so they could escape. Two are still loose.

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Response to Hestia (Reply #14)

Sat Apr 25, 2015, 12:05 PM

15. good for the bison. maybe they have decided to get some of their own back, as the

elephants seem to be doing.

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