Stray cow shot by police after 3-day pursuit

Posted July 12, 2010, at 9:31 p.m.

CORINTH, Maine — A Maine State Police trooper shot and killed a wayward cow last month after fruitless efforts were made by several agencies to corral the beast.

Trooper Brian Bean said the animal had been pursued for three days after it escaped from a trailer at a livestock auction in the Penobscot County town of Corinth, where it was being sold. In addition to causing a nuisance for area property owners, the cow had been nearly struck by motorists numerous times, said Bean.

“It was a big animal,” said the trooper. “It could have caused significant damage if someone had hit it with their car.”

Maine state troopers, Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies, wardens from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, civilian volunteers and a local animal control officer all tried to catch the animal, but to no avail.

At the request of the animal’s owner, Bean shot and killed the cow in a field on Hudson Road in Corinth at about 9:30 p.m. June 26.

“You never want to kill an animal, but we had to weigh out the good and the bad,” said Bean. “We had fairly limited options.”

Bean said the cow was owned by a farmer from Maine, but he didn’t know the farmer’s identity.

Aime “Duke” Duclos of 442 Hudson Road in Corinth said the cow was killed in his field. He had seen the animal milling around for about a day beforehand.

“Something just seems wrong about the whole thing,” he said. “I’ve been upset by it.”

Duclos’ neighbor, Rodney Wright, witnessed the incident. He said he’d seen the cow twice that day, once in the roadway where a woman was complaining about almost hitting it and again shortly before the shooting. Wright said he walked within 10 feet of the cow before it wandered off.

“It was a nice-looking cow,” said Wright, who has horses at his farm. “I’m sure if I took a bucket of grain and shook it, I could have put it in my corral. It was just walking.”

The dead cow was retrieved from the field by a four-wheeler and a pickup truck.

Bean said volunteers who had helped chase the cow also helped take it away. The remains were given to a local family for food.

“At least the animal was used,” said Bean.

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