Buffalo roam Steuben County fields

The bison escaped their enclosure on Johnson Lake Road just east of Pleasant Lake Sunday night.

Posted: Aug. 27, 2018 10:22 PM

HAMILTON, Ind. (WFFT) - The Hamilton Police Department is warning people to stay away as farmers try to gather more than 50 buffalo.

The bison escaped their enclosure on Johnson Lake Road just east of Pleasant Lake Sunday night.

"It would be fun to go out and see them, but they have them surrounded. I don't think they are going bother anybody," said Howard Johnson, who lives nearby.

Many roads were blocked as several farmers tried to corral the potential dangerous herd.

Haven VanAuken, who lives nearby, helped control traffic.

"I was in shock. I couldn't believe they actually got out, but it happens," she said.

Neighbors said farmers got a handful of bison Monday afternoon, but they were still out chasing buffalo across the corn and bean fields.

"He's had them for a few years and this never happened. I thought they wouldn't get out, but they did," said VanAuken.

Steuben County Sheriff deputies launched a drone looking for members of the herd.

"They're not too bad. You should stay your distance but they are pretty calm," said VanAuken.

Neighbors are expecting the herd to be loose for days, but that doesn't worry them.

"If they don't come around here, I'm not going to worry," said Cathy Johnson.

Police are urging everyone to stay away from the area until all the bison are caught. If you see one, do not approach it because they are considered dangerous.

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