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Observe: Bison were caught on camera roaming free on the Alberta highway

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Keira Boutilier said she was on her way to visit friends in Stony Plain on Wednesday when she spotted a large animal on Highway 16 near Highway 779.

June 23 (News) — A traveler on an Alberta highway captured video as she encountered an unusual traffic hazard: a bison walking loose on the roadway.

“People coming west are all like slowed down and I’m so confused,” Boutilier told CTV News. “And then I see this giant buffalo bison thing. I thought it was a moose at first and then it started running into my lane.”

Boutilier captured video of the bison running out of the median and crossing three lanes to reach a field at the side of the freeway.

“I was so confused. I didn’t even realize there were bison around here. It was so random. I’ve been driving at night and I’ve seen moose, but to see a bison I’m like, ‘Where did that come from?’” Bouutilier said.

The origins and ultimate fate of the bison were unclear.

An elusive bison was recently caught in Illinois after eight months on the loose. Lake County Forest Preserves officials said the female bison, nicknamed Tyson the Bison and Billy the Bison, was caught by Loose Cattle Caught staff at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Waaconda in late May.

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