Archive for Monday, April 18, 2005

Longhorn bull strides through city

April 18, 2005

The streets of Lansing, usually teeming with children on their way to school and employees on their ways to work, were a little more crowded than usual Monday morning.

A longhorn bull that escaped from its owner was wandering through town, including on Main Street and De Soto Road, before it was captured.

A Lansing Police car tracks a longhorn through the city Monday morning.

A Lansing Police car tracks a longhorn through the city Monday morning.

Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said the full-grown bull, approximately 800 pounds, was first reported loose around 7:30 a.m. It had escaped from its owner's property in the 1100 block of North Main Street by jumping a fence.

"It was a very unusual morning, to have to chase a damned cow down the road," Wayman said.

A police officer first found the animal in the middle of the southbound lane of Main Street. More officers then came and made loud noises to herd the animal into the grass strip by the Holiday Inn Express parking lot.

The bull wandered through town, finding its way to the westbound lane of Ida Street. About two hours later the steer was corralled on the property of Mark McQuillan at the southeast corner of Ida Street and De Soto Road. Mark and Virginia McQuillan helped police corral the animal into a pen on their property.

The animal was mostly a nuisance, Wayman said, and didn't harm anyone or cause any property damage. But, Wayman said, the animal did constitute a safety concern, as children were on their way to school at the time.

Wayman said his only other real worry was that a car would hit the bull while the animal was on the road.

"He didn't get aggressive, but he wasn't afraid of us," Wayman said.

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