MERA remains closed due to roaming buffalo
UPDATE: MERA remains closed, but visitors using motorized vehicles are permitted to use the Foxhill trailhead.
Union County Administrator Shelley Burgess saidmorning that Mt. Emily Recreation Area remains closed as a herd of buffalo is still roaming the area.
The county closed MERAmorning after reports that a buffalo herd from a nearby bison rancher got loose on the property. The Foxhill trailhead is open for motorized use only.
County Commissioner Steve McClure said the county does not feel comfortable leaving MERA open with big and potentially dangerous animals.
Buffalo, unlike cattle, are difficult to corral, McClure said. Buffalo cows can also be particularly aggressive when they think calves are threatened.
Burgess said MERA will likely remain closed through the weekend.