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Police respond to loose bison in Ohio township

Police in German Township, Ohio, responded to reports of a loose bison in the community and discovered it had escaped from a farm about 4 miles away. Photo by chridan/Pixabay.com
Police in German Township, Ohio, responded to reports of a loose bison in the community and discovered it had escaped from a farm about 4 miles away. Photo by chridan/Pixabay.com

July 29 (UPI) -- Police in Ohio responded to an unusual situation when an escaped bison was spotted wandering around a community.

The German Township Police Department said multiple calls came in reporting a bison on the loose in the community, and officers were concerned about the potential risk to drivers, pedestrians, children and nearby farmers.

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"The danger is not hitting the animal and what you may do to the animal, it's what they may do to you," neighbor Darrell Weller told WHIO-TV. "And if you hit one, it'll come right back at you and come up the hood."

Police said they were able to contact the animal's owner, a farmer who keeps bison on his property about 4 miles from where the loose buffalo was spotted. The farmer was able to locate the animal.

A beefalo, a hybrid of a bison and a domestic cow, made headlines earlier this year when it was captured after 250 days on the loose in Connecticut.

The animal, nicknamed Buddy, escaped from outside a slaughterhouse in Plymouth and was captured after months of failed attempts. He was given a new home at the Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary in Gainesville, Fla.

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