PLYMOUTH â€“ Mayor David Merchant said that local police are close to capturing â€śBuddy the Beefaloâ€ť whose story, he says, has begun to spread beyond Plymouth.
â€śHeâ€™s become quite a folk hero,â€ť said Mayor David Merchant on the escaped Beefalo. â€śI almost donâ€™t want it to be over, itâ€™s been such a good story.â€ť
Merchant said that NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. recently spoke about the Beefalo on his weekly show. He added that there are now websites selling â€śSave the Beefaloâ€ť T-shirts and that Buddy has his own Twitter page.
â€śItâ€™s really taken on a life of its own,â€ť he said.
Merchant said that the local police department has been monitoring the Beefaloâ€™s location. According to Merchant, he tends to stay in the woods and has not bothered people.
â€śTheyâ€™ve been putting oats a little closer each time to a trailer which theyâ€™ll use to secure him,â€ť said Merchant. â€śOnce he gets in, probably in the next few weeks, weâ€™ll have him secured. The police department has raised $8,000 - $6,000 of which will go to the owner for his investment and $2,000 of which will go to the game preserve he will be donated to in Florida. If he was captured the same day, heâ€™d probably have gone to the beef facility. But, once word started going around, and because of the response from the community, they decided they wanted to save him.â€ť