- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - Officials in North Platte say there was no wrongdoing in the shooting of a bull bison last month in the city’s Cody Park.

The shooting was done on authorized city business, Mayor Dwight Livingston said earlier this week, so there was no violation of the city’s ordinance outlawing the discharge of firearms inside city limits.

“Yes, it was shot. It was shot twice,” Livingston said. “The first shot didn’t knock it down; the second one did. City personnel tried to make it as safe as possible for anyone around.”

Livingston and City Administrator Jim Hawks said written guidelines for various animal procedures in Cody Park would likely be adopted.

The big bull broke out of its enclosure about a week before it was shot and damaged other parts of the animal area. Livingston said that incident led parks department workers to worry about the safety of other animals - including seven other bison - and park personnel.

Parks Superintendent Lyle Minshull called in Jason Trimble, a rancher from the Paxton area who owns his own bison herd.

Minshull and Trimble discussed the safest procedure for removing the bison and concluded that because of its size, there would be difficulties in moving it.

Livingston said Trimble offered to buy the bison, but neither Trimble nor the city had the equipment necessary to transport the bull. That’s when Minshull asked Trimble to shoot and kill it.

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