No one will be charged or fined in connection with the escape of six bison in greater Bluffton, but a plan is in the works seeking compensation from the animals' owners for costs resulting from the episode, the police chief in Bluffton, S.C., David McAllister, said Friday.
The plan calls for the owners of the Graves family farm, where the bison were kept, to pay some of the costs of the failed rescue effort and reimburse businesses along Buckwalter Parkway that lost customers during the incident, McAllister said.
The bison escaped from the Graves farm at about 2 a.m. Thursday. They were shot and killed shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday after disrupting traffic and businesses in the area. The chase to corral them included riders on horseback and a construction company helicopter.