- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) - For the second time in less than two months, a small herd of bison has gotten loose on the New York State Thruway and had to be fatally shot.

State police say four bison, also called buffaloes, were killed by the farmer who owned them when the animals roamed onto the busy interstate in the Ulster County town of Saugerties (SAW’-ger-teez) on Saturday. No accidents or injuries were reported.

On April 24, 15 buffaloes that escaped from a farm in the Rensselaer County town of Schodack were shot and killed after they swam across the Hudson River and wandered across a busy stretch of the Thruway in Albany County.

A Cornell Cooperative Extension large animal expert said after the April incident that tranquilizers aren’t effective against buffaloes.

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