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Runaway bison captured in Wauconda forest preserve

Billy, the wily bison that escaped a Wauconda farm and eluded seize for eight months, has lastly been caught.

Lake County Forest Preserves introduced that the 1,300-pound bovine was “safely and humanely” faraway from Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda early Wednesday morning by an expert wildlife specialist.

“We are thankful the animal has been removed from the forest preserve safely before Memorial Day weekend when attendance at preserves increases,” Mike Tully, chief operations officer for the Lake County Forest Preserves, mentioned in a information launch. “The safety of our users and the animal has been our No. 1 priority throughout this process. Bison are considered domestic livestock in Illinois, therefore roaming free in a public forest preserve is not an appropriate place for it to call home.”

The forest preserves introduced in Matt Noble, proprietor of Loose Cattle Caught, on Friday to help in humanely capturing the bison, in response to a information launch.

Noble deployed a crew of specialists, a drone, a horse and a canine in his try and find the bison, which can have been dwelling on the forest preserve since early April. Billy was positioned early this morning, and Noble flippantly tranquilized her.

The tranquilizer, supposed to make her decelerate, didn’t endanger Billy or make her fall to the bottom, in response to the discharge. The bison slowly made her solution to the barn for meals, and Noble was in a position to shut the door.

Noble was in a position to relocate the bison to his compound, and he’s in the method of contacting the house owners, the discharge mentioned.

Billy grew to become a neighborhood superstar following her escape from captivity Sept. 18, whereas she and her sister have been being delivered to Milk & Honey Farmstead in Wauconda. The two bison have been bought for breeding functions.

Citizens posted pictures and movies of Billy — who doesn’t but have an official identify — on Facebook, together with jokes, nicknames and statements of help. A neighborhood artist painted Billy’s portrait, and the Island Lake police posted video of an officer’s encounter with “our beloved Island Lake bison” who has proved “as elusive as Sasquatch.”

In latest months, her house owners had been making an attempt to lure Billy again to the farm with sweetened feed.

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