Yaks Charge At Hikers In West Springfield

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The West Springfield Environmental Committee warned the public about a trio of aggressive animals of an unusual nature Wednesday night.

"Yak attack in Bear Hole," the committee posted on their Facebook page. "Bear Hole is a place where you never know what you could encounter. Yaks are a first."

They said three yaks, which "appeared docile at first," charged at a hiker and chased them near the Bear Hole Dam around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

West Springfield Police told the committee the yaks are runaways from Westfield, and the owner has been looking for them.

"If going into Bear Hole tomorrow, Thursday, PLEASE take notice they could still be out there and are NOT approachable," the committee posted.

As of noon Thursday, Western Mass News reported the yaks had been captured, and police and the owner were working to get them back to the farm from which they escaped.

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