Sheldon, Iowa — Earlier this week, we told you about several buffalo that were loose and that you should be careful driving, so as not to hit one.
The owner of the buffalo has asked us to announce that you should still be aware while driving because there are a few buffalo still out roaming around.
The buffalo escaped from Frick and Joe Buffalo Ranch, at 4982 200th Street, near Ashton. They report that the herd consisted of 225 animals to begin with. About two-thirds of them were out. Some of them they were able to corral right away. Seventy to eighty animals escaped and were roaming northwest Iowa.
Of those, about 30 were taken back alive, and about 55 had to be shot and will be butchered.
The last buffalo were last seen in four different locations.
- South of Sibley on L40
- East of Highway 60 on 210th Street
- Near Melvin
- Near 260th and L26
We talked to Steve Frick, one of the owners of the buffalo, and he asks motorists to be careful not to hit them, as they are very large animals. He also asks the public to please not shoot the buffalo. He says he’s had a report that somewhere near Sanborn, a citizen shot one or more buffalo. He says first of all, if the owners don’t give their permission, it is illegal. Secondly, they would much prefer to get them back to the ranch alive.
Frick says they’re working on an agreement to sell the meat for a donation. He says they’re going to butcher a few and see if they’re fit for butchering into cuts, or if they will need to be made into ground buffalo.
If you’re interested in some buffalo meat — which is usually described as similar to beef, but leaner — Frick says you can contact the Frick and Joe Buffalo Ranch.
He also says he wants to thank people for all their help in rounding up the buffalo all over northwest Iowa.
If you see any buffalo roaming the area, Frick says you can call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 712-754-2556, or you can call him or his partner directly on their cell phones. Frick’s number is 712-348-0415, and partner Joe De Boom’s number is 712-461-1211.
Also, if you have damage to your property caused by buffalo, you can call Sibley Insurance at 712-754-3650, and talk to Dawn.
- red pushpin: location of buffalo sighting
- purple pushpin: location of Frick and Joe Buffalo Ranch
- green pushpin: location of report of citizens shooting buffalo (please don’t)
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