PIERCETON, Ind. (WANE) — Police, animal control officers and volunteers on horseback and all-terrain vehicles have corralled a roaming herd of bison, nearly 16 hours after the large animals escaped from their pen.
The 20 head of bison are currently contained in horse stables at the Deka-Di Riding Stable along C.R. 200 North, well away from the farm near Ind. 13 north along C.R. 650 East north of Pierceton that they walked out of sometime before 11 p.m. Wednesday. A portable corral is now being brought from Michigan to better secure the herd until they can be transplanted back, officials told Newschannel 15.
The owner of the farm said the bison may be returned to their enclosure tonight, and hopefully fully by tomorrow.
According to Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Chad Hill, crews worked into the night to corral the bison after they escaped from a pen at their farm. Hill said a slew of police, animal control workers and volunteers tried to keep them off the county roads and Indiana 13, a fairly well-traveled state highway that travels north and south from busy U.S. 30.
By Thursday morning, the herd had roamed nearly a mile away from their home farm.
Police and animal control officers, some on horseback and others on all-terrain vehicles, traversed a large tract of rural land trying to round the bison, which roamed in a tight pack. Eventually, they drove the animals into the Deka-Di stables, which had to close for the day to accommodate the herd.
Robin Liechty, who owns the bison and also bison in Leo, said he was called about the getaway at 10:45 Wednesday night. He said had they not been corralled, the animals likely would have had to be put down, which could have shut down his business.
The Kosciusko County 911 Center issued a traffic advisory just before 9 a.m. from an area on Ind. 13 north of Old Road 13 to keep drivers on alert while responders continued to work to round them. The county closed C.R. 150 West to the east of Ind. 13.
Hill said this incident marks the first time Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies have been tasked with capturing bison.