29 July 2019
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander
New York State Police at Richfield Springs and a local farmer are looking for the public’s help in locating approximately 75 escaped buffalo. The owner of the buffalo, Brian has asked anyone who sees the them to contact him so he can attempt to bring them back to his farm. The State Police warns the public not to approach the buffalo since they are a wild animal and can be unpredictable.
On July 25, troopers were dispatched to Honey Hill Road in Roseboom after they received a report that several buffalo were eating second cutting hay still growing in fields resulting in no forage that could be harvested. They were also eating first cutting round bales of hay. The troopers learned that a buffalo broke a gate allowing approximately 75 buffalo to escape from a farm in the town of Sharon. Specifically, there are at least 30 adult buffalo, including three bulls and 45 calves; with approximately half of those calves being bulls.
Troopers worked with a Department of Environmental Conservation officer and the owner of the buffalo last week to devise a plan in an attempt to corral and funnel the buffalo. However, it is believed they have already moved from the area. Reports of the buffalo have been on Mill Pond Road in town of Schohaire to Pleasant Brook in the town of Roseboom.
If you see any of the buffalo contact Brian at (518)588-1402 or SP Richfield Springs at (315)858-1122.