New England's staid colonial city of Providence made history, October 27, by holding a buffalo hunt.
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Background: New England's staid colonial city of Providence made history, October 27, by holding a buffalo hunt. Shortly before dawn it was learned that someone had cut a chain across the gate to a pen where seven bearded buffalo were herded. Three of them - including an eleven hundred pound bull - were on the loose in the more than 100 acres of founding father Roger Williams Park, studded with lakes.
Twenty policemen in twelve cars, and thirty more assorted park attendants and hastily-assembled volunteers formed up for a round up. Two of the buffalo were found and gently herded by police cars back to their pen.
The eleven hundred pound bull was out for a fling. He took off for one of the lakes and started for the far shore. A number of involuntary cowhands packed into a park pleasure boat and began circling the bull. There were a number of casts with lassoes, and one loop finally landed over the bull's horns. The bull broke loose, got onto the bank, and charged.
Finally, the zoo keeper - Manuel Vieria - got near the bull with rope, but he was charged and narrowly escaped serious injury, with one leg of his pants ripped from ankle to waist by a horn. The other cowhands then had an opportunity and the bull was anchored to a tree. A vet - with one final kick from the bull - got in two tranquillizers.