He said officers lost sight of the animal when it disappeared into a mountainous area, but that they have fielded numerous calls about sightings of the yak.
Its owner, Robert Cissell, told the Times they've been trying to get Meteor back since Tuesday.
“I think a lot of people think it’s a grand adventure, but don’t think about the family with a small farm trying to make a living. At this point, it’s looking like he won’t go to the butcher, but we do want to get him home safe,” Cissell said.
Animal rescuers like Nelson County resident Vanessa Miller Turner told the newspaper she runs a sanctuary and would welcome Meteor.
“If any yak can escape slaughter, it deserves to live in peace,” she said.
Yaks are a long-haired member of the cattle family, cousins to cows and distant relatives of the American and European bison, and are native to areas in southern Central Asia.