NEAR ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The search continues for a buffalo roaming pastures southwest of Rochester after it escaped its owner over the weekend.
According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, the first sighting occurred Sunday at about 8:15 p.m. on the 4500 Block of 42nd Street SW. A farmer tending cattle spotted the large animal and told deputies the buffalo was simply walking through the field causing no problems.
Some time later, deputies spotted the buffalo near the 4800 Block of 40th Street SW. At first the buffalo was calm, but as the deputies inched closer, he became agitated. Deputies say the animal began to urinate profusely, which is a signal to back off.
The male weighs between 1500 and 1800 pounds, according to officials.
The sheriff’s office has been in contact with the animal’s owner, who is working with the Department of Natural Resources to figure out his options.
The most recent sightings were in the area between 40th Street and Meadow Crossing Road SW.
Anyone that spots the animal should contact law enforcement.