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Bison continue to roam Phelps County

Feedlot personnel, numerous volunteers and law enforcement have had little success after the bison broke off into groups and spread out across the county.
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 12:53 AM CDT
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PHELPS COUNTY, Neb. (KNOP) - Efforts to round up upwards of 150 bison that got loose from a feedlot south of Overton early Wednesday continued in Phelps County.

So far, feedlot personnel, numerous volunteers and law enforcement have had little success after the bison broke off into groups and spread out across the county.

The bison belong to Valley View Feeders feedlot. Feedlot owners have asked for the assistance from a company that specializes in handling the bison to help return them to the feedlot.

One landowner said nineteen bison were roaming in her pasture.

“Let’s get them caught, let’s keep them calm and let’s get them out of here before people get hurt,” said Diane Scripter. “People don’t respect buffalo, apparently we know that from Yellowstone and from the Black Hills news articles, but yeah, people don’t respect animals and they are going to get into trouble. Somebody is going to get hurt and that scares me more than anything.”

About a dozen were caught Thursday evening west of Atlanta.

Meantime, Phelps County Sheriff Gene Samuelson is asking people not to take matters into their own hands or form search parties as they investigate reports that one county resident may have shot and killed one of the buffalo. Law enforcement reminds the public that shooting livestock is a felony.

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