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Livestock on the loose in Edmonton

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EDMONTON -- The bull was supposed to come to the rescue.

Instead, Edmonton police, animal-control officers and a farmer spent several hours Wednesday trying to coax the beast out of a field behind a strip mall.

The cattle caper began shortly after 7 a.m. when a calf being loaded off a trailer at Edmonton Custom Packers, a small slaughter plant, slipped through an unlatched gate and escaped.

Police said the calf wandered the streets of the industrial area for a while as no one was able to catch it.

The owner decided it was a good idea to release one of his bulls to lure the calf back -- but the bigger bovine took off, too.

"The bull charged at a police cruiser, ramming it and climbing over it and did it several times," said police spokeswoman Clair Seyler.

There were no damage or injuries reported.

Soon after, the calf walked into a fenced area, was corralled and loaded back onto a trailer. It was returned to the plant.

But the bigger problem remained at large. Weighing about 1,000 kilograms, the bull eventually wandered into a fenced lot behind a Wendy's restaurant and Staples store.

By late afternoon, hay was hauled out in case the bull was ready for supper. They even brought in two cows to stand outside the cattle trailer, but the other animals didn't get much attention.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 21, 2013 A2

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