Plymouth police shut down rumor that loose beefalo has been killed

Published on Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:27


PLYMOUTH -- Police have dispelled a rumor that the missing beefalo has been killed.

Police late Wednesday said that the rumor that had been circulating social media was not true, adding that the animal, which is said to sometimes show highly aggressive behavior, had just been spotted.

Officers shared a video of the beefalo -- a mix of a bison and domestic cattle -- that was captured on Wednesday. The video shows what appears to be the animal wandering into some farmland before heading back into the woods.

Police on Monday, with the help of other agencies, conducted an operation that, with the assistance of a drone, sought to find the animal and capture it. Although the animal was spotted, it was not able to be captured.

Following the search Monday, police this week said they would be taking a different approach and trying to leave an open trailer with grain and hay inside, in an attempt to lure the beefalo in.

Police said the beefalo -- which is sometimes referred to as a bull and can weigh anywhere from 900 to 1,300 pounds -- originally came from a farm in Massachusetts. It escaped a nearby animal processing facility more than two weeks ago and has been spotted several times. It has demonstrated aggressive behavior toward officers, who have advised the community of the public safety concern.

Police said the owner of the animal has been assisting authorities in finding and trapping it, and has agreed to take it back to Massachusetts once it has been trapped to live on a farm there. Police have made clear their intention not to harm the animal.

Officers have urged the community to stay away from the area of Route 72 and Judd Road. If one does have to go into the area, police caution that you should not go near the animal.

Anyone who spots the beefalo has been asked to call police at 860-589-7779 or call 911.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:27. Updated: Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:29.