KENOSHA, Wis., March 6 (UPI) -- After attempts to corral 10 escaped bison failed, officials in Wisconsin decided to euthanize the animals.
Seven bison were successfully guided back to a local farm where they had escaped over a section of fence broken by a fallen tree early Saturday morning, but ten eluded authorities well into the afternoon.
"Bison don't herd," Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told local TV station Fox6. "They're not like cattle or like horses -- and they're extremely dangerous, too."
Some of the animals were reported to have charged people nearby.
Concerned for the safety of area motorists and pedestrians, police made the decision to kill the bison after consulting local veterinarians and the owner of the farm from which they escaped.
"The owner was very concerned about the community and wanted to ensure that no one was injured," Beth said in a released statement. "While the loss of these animals is unfortunate, they are wild animals and could have severely injured or killed anyone who happened to cross their path."
Police said they were forced to shoot and kill the bison because tranquilizers wouldn't have been able to put down the 1,500-pound animals.