RUMFORD, Maine — A public works crew in Rumford has retrieved the bloated carcass of a bull that had floated down the Androscoggin River and over a waterfall before landing on some boulders weeks ago.

Crew man Dan Peare told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that he convinced his bosses that he and fellow crew men could and should remove the animal before warm weather arrived for the weekend.

On Wednesday, Peare climbed down the riverbank and attached a rope to the bull’s legs. They then pulled the 800- to 900-pound Hereford up the bank with a bucket loader, lifted it into a dump truck and buried it behind the town garage.

The animal first was spotted in early April when it went over the falls and landed in a seemingly unreachable position atop a rock pile about 100 feet below the top of the riverbank.