Bison run rampant in northern Indiana

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PIERCETON, Ind. (WANE) — Officials in Kosciusko County are working Thursday to corral a roaming herd of bison that escaped from their enclosure Wednesday night.

According to Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Chad Hill, 20 bison escaped from a pen at a farm near Indiana 13 north along County Road 650 East at some point Wednesday night.

Crews worked into the night to corral the bison and keep them off the roadway, Hill said. Indiana 13, a fairly well-traveled state highway, travels north from busy U.S. 30.

By Thursday morning, the herd was still roaming, nearly a mile away from their home farm.

The Kosciusko County 911 Center issued a traffic advisory just before 9 a.m. from an area on Indiana 13 north of Old Road 13 to keep drivers on alert while responders continued to work to round them. The county closed County Road 150 West to the east of Indiana 13.

Hill said crews are bringing in trucks and trailers and trying to herd them into safe pens so they can be transplanted back to their farm.

Hill said this incident marks the first time Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies have been tasked with capturing bison.

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