When I first saw this shared, I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1. It's dashcam video proving there really is a bison loose in Illinois. Seriously.

The Island Lake Police Department shared this and I'll warn you you'll have to watch close to see it. It's a :10 second video and if you watch the two yellow lights in the distance, you'll notice a huge shadow pass in front of them at around the :07 second mark. (Spoiler alert: That's the bison).

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I had heard of the few wild bison herds in the grasslands of Illinois at Nachusa. Visit Northwestern Illinois even has an article about the "Illinois Home Where the Wild Buffalo Roam".

I thought it was bad when I came in contact with unfortunate deer over the years. As the US Department of the Interior mentions, a bison can weigh up to 1,000 pounds which means a collision would be catastrophic for all involved: humans, bison and vehicle.

The likelihood of you meeting up with a bison while driving is low, but at least know it's possible until this big boy is captured in the Land of Lincoln.

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