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Fri Apr 24, 2015, 08:41 PM

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


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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