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Cow's great escape ends unhappily

| May 12, 2022 1:00 AM

HAYDEN — A cow scheduled to be butchered Tuesday morning apparently tried to make a run for it but couldn’t escape its fate.

The black cow was reported as a traffic hazard. It attracted attention as it trotted north just past Hayden Avenue, with Kootenai County Sheriff’s cruisers to its right and behind it. A video of the scene was posted on Facebook.

“Here we are, babe, in Hayden. You know, North Idaho baby,” said a man as he recorded the incident from his stopped vehicle. “Out for a stroll."

The cow was escorted safely off U.S. 95 by deputies and the Idaho State Police and into a field.

But there wasn’t a happy ending.

The cow’s owner arrived and asked that the cow be shot “as they were planning on butchering it that day anyway," KCSO Lt. Ryan Higgins wrote Wednesday in an email to The Press. He said it was also shot for safety reasons.

“As you could imagine the cow was getting pretty upset and at one point charged the deputies,” Higgins wrote.

A KSCO deputy dispatched the cow at the owner's request.

Higgins said information about how the cow got away from its owner or how long it was running free wasn't available Wednesday.

The cow’s owner said his butcher would come and remove it.