Herd of 125 Bison Escape From Nebraska Feedlot; Many Still At Large

Over 100 bison escaped from a Nebraska feedlot on Wednesday and many are still at-large.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

August 28, 20202 min read

Bison escape
(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

If this were a true 2020 story, 125 grizzlies would have escaped at the same time while a Sharknado happened.

But if we can’t have that, we’ll still take this story.

A herd of 125 bison knocked down a gate and escaped from their feedlot on Wednesday morning near Overton, Nebraska and just like any jailbreak story, they kept running and trying to elude the authorities.

They were smart too. They broke up into smaller packs to throw their captors off.

And although it’s been nearly two full days since the escape, they’re not all captured yet.

So the feedlot people brought in the experts — some company from Kansas that “specializes in the handling of bison.”

But they showed up late on Thursday so many of the bison are still at large. Perhaps some are heading up to Custer State Park.

In the meantime, the local sheriff asked residents not to act like townspeople in a Frankenstein movie and take matters into their own hands.

He told the Omaha World-Herald that he understood farmers wanted to protect their crops but asked they “not grab firearms and take action.”

“Let this company do what they were hired to do,” the sheriff said. “They will not need any assistance, so please refrain from forming search parties and taking any action.”

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