Update, 1:55 p.m.: This story has taken a dark turn—at least three of the bison have been shot, and both police and the animals' owner believe the rest will have to be shot as well, apparently because of their potential to cause harm and the difficulty of recapturing them. Meanwhile, one armed man at the scene was arrested by police; one report says he shot at the animals. Other outlets say a number of local hunters have converged on the area.
Original post, 11:59 a.m.: Wait a minute, what?
Ok, just saw a herd of Buffalo running down The middle of the thruway and they all (25-30) got off an exit. Swear to god. Traffic stopped.— Josh Eppard (@Weerd_Science) April 24, 2015
Indeed, visual evidence confirms that buffalo are on the loose in upstate New York:
Loose bison off and running into the woods after crossing the Thruway in Selkirk. pic.twitter.com/Kk3MF4X1yq— Dan Bazile (@danbazile) April 24, 2015
never in a million years did I think I would be chasing a herd of bison down the New York State Thruway pic.twitter.com/5hJiV7tS3s— Patrick Dodson (@patrickdodson) April 24, 2015
The Albany Times-Union reports that the herd escaped from a farm in the town of Schodack and have not yet been recaptured. None were injured during the highway crossing.