Ishpeming police had a bit of excitement on Friday night as a cow was found wandering near the National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
According to Ishpeming Police Chief Dan Willey, calls started coming in around 10:45 p.m. Friday night of a bull on U.S. 41. Officers responding to the scene confirmed that indeed there was what appeared to be a bull. However in our conversation with Chief Willey, he has now found out that the animal is actually a female cow with horns.
To keep the animal contained and away from the gathering crowd of spectators several cars were positioned to block streets, and officers kept the animal in the region of the Ski Hall of Fame. A local veterinarian was contacted. She told them that if the animal was captured it could be housed at her farm in Ishpeming until the owner was found. Authorities then called a local man, Bill Richards, to line up a trailer to transport the cow.
In trying to figure out the best way to get the cow into the trailer, Ishpeming police decided the safest course of action was to have several men jump onto the animal and wrestle it to the ground. They then hobbled the cow's feet and drug her into the trailer. She was brought to the farm without further incident.
The cow has since been claimed by her owner. Chief Willey says the owner contacted police a few hours later. He was transporting the cow from the Calumet area to downstate. When he arrived at the Mackinac Bridge he realized the cow was missing. While not completely certain how the cow got out, the man surmised that a side door of the trailer came open, and the cow spilled out. The door then slammed shut without the driver noticing. The chief says the cow owner has been ticketed for "losing his load".