One of my uncles in River Falls, WI owns a cow and calf who made headline news this week! I forget that cows in town in Wisconsin is a bit more unusual than cows in town in Buffalo, SD!
Read the article from the River Falls Journal below or click here: Cows Run Amok, Cause ‘Utter’ Chaos In River Falls, Wis. for a pretty entertaining news clip!
River Falls police dragnet seeks to contain bovine escapees
While not considered armed and dangerous, police officers had their hands full for two hours Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, after two stray cows were spotted at DeSanctis Park. The heifer and calf apparently came from the Paul Haskins farm just west of the city. When officers got to the park, the cow suspects had hoofed on.
They ambled south on Grove Street, past the city compost site and school bus garage before ending up by a fence at the old power plant overlooking the South Fork River.
Efforts to herd them into a UW-River Falls lab farm horse trailer proved fruitless. The pair of cows wanted their freedom and the odyssey continued.
Police, using squad cars, tried to hem the cows in so they wouldn’t cause a traffic accident. Members of the Haskins family even assisted on horseback.
One police sergeant on duty said the procession drew a hearty crowd of onlookers who seemed to relish the Sunday afternoon spectacle.
The heifer and calf eventually split up as they drifted past Westside Elementary School, the under-construction Eco-Village and Faith Lutheran Church.
Officers lost sight of them in the Dry Run Road area of St. Croix County as they moved in the general direction of the farm where they belonged. This occurred at 4:30 p.m. as daylight was giving way to darkness.