PLYMOUTH -- Local police are still looking for a loose beefalo that escaped about two weeks ago and demonstrated aggressive behavior when it encountered officers trying to gain control of it.
Police have stressed that the public should not approach the animal, as it can be “highly aggressive.” Anyone who spots it has been urged to call Plymouth police at 860-589-7779 or 911.
The animal, which was initially referred to as a steer, has been identified as a beefalo -- a cross between bison and domestic cattle. It can weigh anywhere from 900 to 1,300 pounds.
According to police, the beefalo, which is sometimes referred to as a bull, originally came from a farm in Massachusetts before, about two weeks ago, escaping a nearby animal processing facility.
The bull was not seen for some time until a few days ago, when it was spotted in a wooded area off of Judd Road. The animal was spotted again during the midnight shift on Wednesday, when police saw it “adjacent to the Route 72 travel lanes.”
Officers tried to get control of the beefalo, but it put its head down and scratched the ground, as if it was going to charge at police. As officers moved away, the animal retreated into the woods.
As of Friday morning, police said, the bull was still on the loose.
The Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police Officers have also been involved in the search for the loose animal. Anyone traveling in the area where the bull has been spotted is advised to do so with caution, as the situation has presented a public safety concern.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.