ELLSWORTH COUNTY — Authorities in Ellsworth County are investigating after a man was found dead on Monday and a deputy injured on Sunday by a charging buffalo.
At 9a.m. Monday, a woman called Ellsworth County 911 to report she needed an ambulance because she had found her nephew identified as 56-year-old Scott Schroeder of rural Bushton, dead in a pen and thought a buffalo killed him, according to Sheriff Murray Marston
Sheriff's deputies and Claflin EMS responded to the scene. The body was in a row of trees north of Kansas 4 highway at 5th Road. The location where the deputy was injured by a buffalo on Sunday night is approximately one half mile south of where the body was found Monday.
The coroner's preliminary cause of death, pending an autopsy, is that a buffalo gored Schroeder. He is the owner of over 20 buffalo kept at that location, according to Marston.
The deputy injured by a buffalo on Sunday underwent surgery at Salina Regional Health Center and is in stable condition, according to Marston.
A Rice County Deputy arrived at the scene of the attack just as it occurred on Sunday. He put down the animal when it appeared it was preparing to charge at the downed deputy. Both incidents remain under investigation, according to Marston.
ELLSWORTH COUNTY—A Kansas sheriff's deputy is recovering after he was injured by a buffalo.
Just after 6:30p.m. Sunday, Ellsworth County 911 received a call about the buffalo on K-4 highway at 5th Road in Ellsworth County, according to a media release.
A deputy responded to the scene, found the animal and attempted to get it to return to a pasture. The buffalo suddenly charged the deputy and injured him.
Claflin EMS transported the deputy to the Ellsworth County Medical Center and he was later transferred to Salina Regional Health Center. The sheriff's office has not identified the deputy or updated his condition.