PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — Yaks were on the loose in Pennington County Sunday evening.
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said that two yaks, one male and one female, were found wandering a private property.
“Deputies respond to calls all the time and have to be on their toes. If it’s anything from alpacas to domesticated animals that’s usually what we deal with is cattle and domesticated animals. To try and find their rightful owners and make sure they get home safely but this is first for a Yak in South Dakota,” Lt. Chris Hislip with Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said.
The yaks were corralled by authorities but have now been reunited with their owners.
Yak began to gain popularity in the 1980s when ranchers increasingly began breeding programs. The population in the North America is currently estimated to be around 7,000 animals.
Yak meat and fiber are also becoming more popular.