Three yaks were taken into custody by the West Springfield Animal Control Thursday after several people called police to alert them that the animals were running loose in the Bear Hole Reservoir.
A hiker reported seeing the animals Wednesday at around 8 p.m. near the Bear Hole dam, according to MassLive.com. The person got within 6 feet of the yaks when one reportedly lowered its head to charge.
Animal control officials said the yaks, which were tagged, had been contained with the help of the West Springfield Police Department the following day.
“The yaks have been corralled!!” Mayor Will Reichelt said in a Facebook post before warning residents to still be cautious of bears.
The animals were returned to their owners and according to officials, are “happy to be home in their new secured pen.”
The average male yak can weigh anywhere between 700 to 1,300 pounds.