LAFAYETTE, N.Y. (AP) _ A roaming buffalo herd has trampled farm land and frightened schoolchildren in this central New York town.

The worst damage was reported at John and Dawn Krewson's tree farm, where the buffaloes last week destroyed 241 evergreen trees worth more than $10,000.

''They reduced them to toothpicks. It looks like a hurricane or tornado came through,'' Dawn Krewson said.

About 10 buffaloes were spotted Thursday walking in the road toward children waiting for a school bus. The herd wandered into woods by the time Onondaga County sheriff's deputies arrived, sheriff's spokesman Robert Burns said.

He said the herd apparently belongs to the Onondaga Indian Nation, and Chief Leon Shenandoah was leading a search for the animals. There was no answer at Shenandoah's telephone number Thursday.

''It's very dangerous,'' said Peggy Holm, who encountered about 15 of the beasts while driving Thursday morning in Lafayette, about 15 miles south of Syracuse. ''I herded them down the road with my car.''