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Nov 15, 2011 7:38 AM by Kate Richards

Mystery of severed bison head solved

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Police in Boulder, Colo., have solved the mystery of how a severed bison head ended up on a decorative rock in someone's front yard. It belongs to somebody who lives in the home but forgot to tell his roommates about it.

The roommates called police about the head Sunday, and investigators quickly ruled out one obvious potential source: the beloved buffalo mascot named Ralphie at the University of Colorado.

Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said Monday that the head came from a buffalo recently slaughtered from a ranch in Nebraska. The head's owner told police he was drying out his souvenir so he could display it on a wall.

Kobel says the case is now closed.

Police didn't release the names of the people involved.

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