Update: Final Escaped Buffalo Found Dead in Hot Springs

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Updatey (May 11):
HOT SPRINGS, AR  (News release) – As a final update to the six buffalo that escaped a Shady Grove Road farm on April 16, the sixth and final buffalo was found yesterday in the early evening hours by its owner, Tony Bettis. 

The buffalo, a female with the gentlest behavior of the six, was in the corral set up by the owner in the same Whispering Hills area where the other buffalo had been sighted for the last few weeks. The corral was stocked with food in an effort to attract the animal. However, this morning when the owner went to the corral to check on the animal, it was found to be deceased.

The buffalo that was hit by a car on the day that the six escaped was returned to the owner’s farm but passed away a few days later. Another buffalo was found deceased in a ravine last week by the owner, leaving three buffalo that have survived.

Earlier today, Bettis reiterated his thanks to the Hot Springs Police Chief David Flory, Hot Springs City Manager David Watkins, Animal Services Director Dan Bugg, Hot Springs Police Department, Hot Springs Animal Services, Garland County Sheriff’s office, and others who helped ensure public safety, conduct searches, report sightings, and realize a positive outcome for the three remaining buffalo. Bettis stated that he plans to relocate them soon to a new home in Hot Spring County where good care and a favorable environment await.

Update (May 5):
HOT SPRINGS, AR – According to the Facebook page for the City of Hot Springs, a buffalo belonging to a herd that escaped from a farm on Shady Grove Road in April has been found dead.

The city’s Facebook post reads as follows:
“Only one buffalo is on the loose now. Sadly, the owner located the other missing buffalo in a ravine, already deceased. The remaining buffalo, a female, has been seen three times in the 300 block of Whispering Hills, most recently around 1 p.m. this afternoon. The owner, who continues his systematic search, is hopeful this last one will enter a pen left open for her with food to entice her in. As always, if you sight this animal, refrain from approaching and call 9-1-1.”

Original Story (April 21):
HOT SPRINGS, AR – The search continues for two buffalo that escaped with four others from a local farm last week.

The City of Hot Springs posted the following on its Facebook page Tuesday morning:
“Buffalo update: Animal Services Director Dan Bugg reports that the owner is committed to “closing the chapter” on the two missing buffalo and is doing a systematic search. He is still hoping that the missing two will join the other three buffalo that are pastured nearby. Once the two buffalo are found, the owner plans to transfer all of them to another county where they will be more suited to live. He is very appreciative of all the kindness and support offered generously by public agencies, private individuals and more. Anyone spotting one or both of the missing buffalo should call 9-1-1.”

The herd of six buffalo escaped on April 16 from a farm on Shady Grove Road. One of them was caught after being slightly injured when it was hit by a car. Three others were caught after being tranquilized.

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