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15 Bison Were Killed After Wandering Around A New York Freeway

A hunter was arrested for shooting four of the bison. Private shooters were later hired by police to "put down" the others.

Posted on April 24, 2015, at 4:15 p.m. ET

On Friday morning, 15 bison were killed near a New York State Freeway after they escaped from a farm.

The group of bison escaped from an Albany, NY farm and headed south on the freeway towards New York City, the Daily Gazette reported.

here are the loose bison surrounding my car earlier

never in a million years did I think I would be chasing a herd of bison down the New York State Thruway

One hunter was arrested after chasing down the bison and killing at least four of them.

The bison's adventures were documented by reporter Patrick Dodson, who said that he came across the group of hunters and asked if he could tag along with them.

a group of gun-wielding farmers have gone into the woods to hunt loose bison. I asked if I could tag along but they politely declined

The Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said that the hunter was arrested because the situation "was turning into the Wild Wild West."

Private shooters were hired to "put down" the other 11 bison, after the vigilante hunters killed the first four.

Albany County officials said the bisons had to be killed after the group of animals were crossing major roads and traveling near schools.

"It was a mess," said Sheriff Apple in a press conference. "Out of control."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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