SMITHS STATION, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn University veterinarians have euthanized a buffalo that wandered loose in Smiths Station.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones tells the Opelika-Auburn News that a resident called around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to say there was a buffalo in her yard. Deputies responded to make sure the buffalo wouldn't block traffic or harm anyone.
The buffalo's owners called Auburn's large animal clinic to get help with the situation. The school said in a statement that a veterinarian went to the scene to tranquilize the buffalo.
But the buffalo never became sedated enough to be handled safely, so the animal's owners decided it should be euthanized because it was a danger to people and property.
Jones says the owners of the buffalo have kept the animals on their property for nearly 40 years.