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Kosciusko County: Where The Buffalo (And Bison) Roam

Michael Marusin

When a 19th Century songwriter mentioned a spot “where the buffalo roam,” he probably didn’t mean Kosciusko County in North Central Indiana. And yet, that’s exactly what startled neighbors there late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies say a herd of nearly two dozen buffalo and bison escaped from a holding area and wandered toward a nearby highway.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputy Chad Hill says Several 911 calls from concerned residents watching the lumbering beasts traipse through their yards sent law enforcement officials on an hours-long search for the herd.

According to a county dispatcher, by late Thursday afternoon, efforts by local animal control officials -- perhaps including some discouraging words -- had caused all the buffalo known to have escaped to stop making their home on the range.