Escaped cows block traffic in Brunswick

Posted June 14, 2013, at 12:40 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A herd of Belted Galloway cows escaped from a fenced-in pasture Thursday morning and blocked traffic for about 15 minutes, entertaining motorists but not causing any real trouble.

At approximately 10:15 a.m., Brunswick Animal Control Officer Heidi Nelson went to Bunganuc Road near the Freeport-Brunswick line, where she said about a dozen of the Scottish beef cattle had crossed through a broken electric wire fence and were “just sort of grazing along” the country road.

The cows stayed in a group and wandered back and forth across the road until Nelson and three police officers arrived and stopped traffic.

“The cows were going up and down, sticking their heads in and out of cars,” Nelson said. “They were just kind of slobbering at them.”

Within about 15 minutes, the Galloways’ owners arrived from Freeport.

“They tied buckets of feed on the back of the truck and called to them, ‘Come on girls’ and led them back to the pasture.”

No cows — or people — were injured, Nelson said, adding, “It was fun.”

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