What would you do if you ran into a 1,400 pound animal in your backyard? Well, 11 bison are still on the loose in Schoharie County after escaping from their pen on Monday. YNN's Maria Valvanis has more on what volunteers are doing to try and bring the animals home.
SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- "We've had a few people stop and ask what's going on," said Shirley Hall-Garner.
Shirley Hall-Garner's Richmondville restaurant sits right on Route 7 across from the mountainside where dozens of volunteers are trying to round up 11 bison on the loose.
"The bison are laying down in the field and people are within 30 yards of them," said Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond.
Many of the 1,400 pound animals are still at the Harroway Road farm, but in the other pen, things are much quieter. Owner Tim Hines says the animals broke free Monday and are now about 3/4 of a mile away, nestled in between two busy roads.
"I would be concerned if they came down off that mountain and a car hit them, as big as they are, could cause a lot of damage to the vehicle and some serious damage to the occupants," said the Sheriff.
Hines says the animals aren't bothering anybody yet and unless there is fear they will, they'll take their time bringing them home peacefully. He says the group discussed tranquilizing the animals, but that would bring along serious risk factors, including death.
"Their hope is to just herd them back to the home pasture without having to put them down and then truck them away," said the Sheriff.
As the only bison in this rural neighborhood, they already were the talk of the town even when they were all behind closed gates.
Hall-Garner said, "People drive up there all the time just to see them."
Hines is urging everyone to steer clear of the area for now so that the animals don't get spooked and run away, so that the next time you see them, they'll be behind the fence where they belong.