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Owner of suburban farm accused of allowing bison to graze on county land

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Billy the Bison is once again making headlines as his saga moves into a courtroom.

The bison’s story began in September last year, when it broke free while being moved to a farm Lake County.

The huge animal was on the run for eight months and finally wandered into the Lakewood Forest Preserve.

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And this is where the real troubles started.

The owner of the farm where Billy was headed is now accused of violating a state law by allowing the animal to graze on county land for nearly a month.

He worked with forest reserve district officials to try and capture it without success.

Eventually Billy was arrested and now the farm owner is dealing with taxes and some fines.

A bench trial is set for February.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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