PLYMOUTH — “Buddy the Beefalo,” a 2,000-pound bull that escaped from a slaughterhouse, is still alive and wandering in the woods in northwest Connecticut.

The bull — a cross between a bison and domestic cattle — has been in the woods in area of Route 72 and Judd Road since early August.

Police efforts to take Buddy into custody have, so far, been unsuccessful.

Capt. Edward Benecchi said there was a Facebook post Wednesday that claimed the bull was shot and killed in Bristol.

The Facebook post also offered “cow steaks.”

The post was later confirmed to be false after a Plymouth man “caught” the bull in his yard on a home-security camera Wednesday afternoon.

The beefalo, named Buddy by Plymouth police, escaped after a truck took him to a Terryville meat processing plant. As the truck was backing into the loading dock, Buddy pushed his way out and fled into the woods, police said.

Since his escape, Buddy appears to be in good shape with no apparent attack wounds from wild animals.

“Beefalos will eat any kind of vegetation and food and water are abundant” in the area where Buddy has been roaming, Benecchi said.

He said the video from the home-security camera shows Buddy to be “very agile.”

On Monday, state environmental conservation officers helped Plymouth police track down Buddy by using a drone. The bull was seen in a swampy area.

As police moved in, Buddy moved away.

Benecchi said Buddy has been staying in the same area, moving around in a circular pattern on trails.

Plymouth police’s first encounter with the bull was about two weeks ago.

“As officers attempted to take control of the animal, it demonstrated behavior that it was going to charge by putting down its head down and scratching the ground,” police said. “As officers moved away, it retreated into the woods.”

Police urged people not to approach the beefalo.

The plan to catch Buddy “is to lure him into a trailer with grain,” Benecchi said.

“We’re consistently checking on the trailer,” Benecchi.

Once Buddy is inside, a safety gate will secure the bull from escaping.

Benecchi said Buddy’s story could have a happy ending.

The bull’s owner has agreed to return Buddy to a 100-acre farm in Becket, Mass.

“I’ve had several calls with the owner who agrees that the beefalo has earned his freedom,” Benecchi said.

Connecticut Media Group