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All but 3 bison wrangled after herd escapes trailer in Hythe, Alberta

RCMP are warning the public after a herd of 15 bison escaped a trailer in the Hythe, Alta. area.
RCMP are warning the public after a herd of 15 bison escaped a trailer in the Hythe, Alta. area. Hythe Fire Department / Facebook

Nearly all of the 15 bison that escaped a livestock trailer in the village of Hythe, Alta. Tuesday evening have been rounded up, RCMP said Thursday.

Cpl. Ron Bumbry said the owner has been wrangling the bison. No injuries or collisions with vehicles have been reported.

As of noon Thursday, RCMP said three bison remained unaccounted for. It’s believed they have roamed into the Valhalla, Alta. area about 25 kilometres north of Beaverlodge.

Beaverlodge RCMP said that 15 bison escaped their trailer Tuesday while the owner had parked at the Hythe Husky gas station.

The side door of the trailer was worked loose by the livestock and all 15 escaped and dispersed into the town.

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RCMP are warning motorists to be on the lookout for the roaming animals. They were last seen in the areas of Highway 43 north of Hythe, and also near Township Road 744 and Range Road 101.

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Anyone who comes into contact with the bison should call Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2955 to help coordinate their return to the owner.

Members of the public should not approach the bison. None had been recovered as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, said RCMP.

Hythe is located about 60 kilometres northwest of Grande Prairie.

— With a file from Canadian Press

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