POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it following a lengthy pursuit.
Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand tells the Idaho State Journal that his officers fired two shots at the heifer because it posed a safety risk.
The cow had escaped from Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing business, on Friday afternoon.
Early in the chase, an officer shot the cow in the head but the wounded animal kept running.
The cow led police and animal control officers on a chase on foot and in vehicles through the city’s north side. It rammed an animal control truck and two police cars.
The animal was eventually cornered in a residential backyard about 3 miles away, and was shot and killed by a police officer.