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Escaped buffalo cause multi-car crash in Butte Co.

CHICO – Authorities are trying to determine how nearly two dozen buffalo escaped from a private zoo in Butte County to cause a multi-vehicle crash.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Doug Garret says as many as 21 buffalo wandered off the property Tuesday night, and several were struck by vehicles on Highway 149.

The crashes killed four buffalo, each weighing between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds.



A CHP cruiser was among the six vehicles involved. Some cars sustained major damage, and the drivers suffered minor injuries.

The owner of the fenced property, which also was home to ostriches, llamas and exotic birds, could be held responsible for the damages.




Garret says investigators are looking into whether someone cut the fence or intentionally left it open, or if the animals trampled it down.


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