CLINTON — “Bessie’s” owner may consider entering her in the cow Olympics next year.
The young cow decided it had enough of being fenced in and led police on a chase for about 45 minutes Wednesday morning, demonstrating her running and jumping skills until she was finally caught and taken home.
“It was comical to an extent,” said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilton on Thursday morning. “I’ve been with the department 30 years and we still see an occasional loose cow, but it’s not an everyday occurrence anymore.”
Because it still happens, Chilson said he keeps a rope in his car.
The cow’s adventure began when she apparently was spooked when her owner watered the lawn.
Chilson, who was on patrol, was called to 1300 North and before he could get there, a friend called him to say there was cow running up 1800 North. By the time officers arrived, the cow had already moved on.
She kept heading north and wound up in Roy at about 2700 West and 5700 South, where officers managed to corner her in a backyard. She got away, though, and ran to a church parking lot, where officers surrounded her with their cars and Davis County Animal Control Ryan Blackburn’s truck. She slipped through a gap between the vehicles, damaging Blackburn’s truck to the tune of about $1,000, Chilson said.
“She knew what a rope was and would run every time someone got one out,” Chilson said. “They tried everything, sneaking up on her and enticing her with grain. We thought that might work, but she was having none of it,”
One of the Roy officers caught her with a rope, but the cow dragged the officer.
She ran again, this time heading south, jumping over fences and running through yards. Eventually officers were able to lasso and hobble her just north of Clinton, Chilson said.
“She was a nice looking little cow,” Chilson said. “She was young, about 600 to 800 pounds.”
The owner was cited for not having his livestock in control and properly fenced. He was fined $50.
While the episode may have been comical, it could have been dangerous, Chilson said. Loose cows are a hazard in traffic and an accident could hurt or kill the cow and any people in the vehicle that may strike it.
Multiple agencies worked together chasing the cow.