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Escaped buffaloes cause 'quite a stir' Salem Township

Paul Peirce
| Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 10:27 a.m.
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Salem residents had a feeling they were “home, home on the range” when they discovered five buffaloes had escaped from a farm north of Route 22 and were roaming along back roads Sunday.

“I heard there were four or five buffaloes on the loose. I saw some pictures on social media,” township Supervisor Robert Zundel said.

Four were quickly corralled Sunday by the owner, who lives on Trees Mills Road. But a fifth, a hefty female, wasn't located until Monday morning, the farmer said, declining to give his name.

The “escapees” became social media celebrities when nearby residents and motorists snapped photos of them ambling along.

An adult American bison, commonly called buffalo, can stand 6 feet tall at the shoulders and weigh more than 2,000 pounds.

“I guess it caused quite a stir,” Zundel said.

Lori Runzo and her husband, Michael Grimm, were enjoying a “leisurely” Sunday morning at their rural home along Bash Road when she got a phone call about 11 a.m. from a neighbor, Jim McElhinny.

“The first thing he asked is, ‘Are your dogs in?' And I asked why, and he said, ‘Oh, because there are some buffaloes loose, strolling down the road right now,' ” Runzo said.

Runzo said she and her husband rushed to the front porch “and sure enough, there were these buffaloes just milling around, leisurely walking down the road,” Runzo said, laughing.

She said she wasn't aware that a nearby farm raises buffaloes.

“They got four of them corralled pretty quickly, and I'm glad they found the other one this morning. I was worried a car might hit one ... or was worried one might come over and try to get in our pool,” she said.

Runzo said she can laugh about the episode now.

“Once we saw them, my husband said, ‘Well, there's never a dull day in the country.' ”

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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