Police seek way to dispose of dead cow in river

Posted April 21, 2009, at 9:48 a.m.

RUMFORD, Maine — Rumford officials are trying to figure out what do with the bloated carcass of a cow that floated down the Androscoggin River and over a waterfall before landing on some rocks, where it has remained for nearly three weeks.

Police Sgt. David Bean told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that the Hereford cow is in a seemingly unreachable position, lying in the middle of pile of rocks about 100 feet below the river bank.

Bean said the cow’s body is decaying and needs to be covered with something before the stench spreads to nearby streets. Police said it’s unclear where the cow came from or how it ended up in the river.

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