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article imageOver 200 buffalo escape from Iowa ranch, 30 still on the loose

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By Leigh Goessl
May 18, 2012 in Environment
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Sibley - Last weekend approximately over 200 buffalo escaped from a ranch in Iowa and roamed throughout five counties. Currently, most of the roamers have been corralled, but authorities say about 30 buffalo are still on the loose.
According to the Sioux City Journal, the buffalo broke through a gate at the Frick and Joe Buffalo Ranch on Sunday in Sibley, Iowa.
So far buffalo, which are said by the Osceola County's sheriff's office to be moving "really fast", have been spotted in four Iowa counties, Lyon, Osceola, Sioux and O'Brien. Additionally, some of the buffalo have reached north to Nobles County, Minn.
Fox News has posted video footage of the buffalo running.
One observer said, “They’re really fast, and they don’t stay together like cattle do.”
“The biggest fear right now is that this continues into the night again, and then they get out on the highway, and they get hit by a car. That could do a lot of damage," Fox reported Officer Seth Hofman said. “There they go [he looks off and points to the buffalo in the distance], they just, ah, they have pretty much free rein right now, there’s nothing really stopping them.”
No injuries have been reported, but drivers are being cautioned of buffalo that may enter roadways.
The public is being asked to contact authorities at 712-754-3438 if they spot any buffalo.
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