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Buffalo that got loose near Rochester found, then shot and killed as safety precaution

It was put down as a safety precaution.
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The bison weighing up to 1,800 pounds that got loose southwest of Rochester earlier in the week was found and put down on Friday. 

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the bison was spotted just before 6 p.m. Friday in the 5800 block of 31st Ave. southwest of Rochester Township. The "wandering bison," as the sheriff's office release describes it, was located in a wooded area. 

Deputies got in contact with the owner who made the decision to put down the animal "due to safety concerns the wandering bison could and did present." 

The owner shot the bison and took it from the scene for proper disposal, the release says. 

KTTC-TV reported earlier in the week that the buffalo, also known as a bison, was first spotted Sunday night in the 4500 block of 42nd St. SW, noting that the buffalo was calm but became irritated as deputies approached.

Per the report, the buffalo "began to urinate profusely" in an apparent warning to the deputies. ABC 6 News said the urination warning prompted the deputies to get out of there as a safety precaution. 

The incident is considered resolved and no further comment from the sheriff's office will be provided. 

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