Four cows have been captured in a small Quebec town after months on the loose

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QUEBEC - After several months on the run, four cows from a herd of runaway cattle were captured on Saturday night in St-Sévère, Que.

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QUEBEC – After several months on the run, four cows from a herd of runaway cattle were captured on Saturday night in St-Sévère, Que.

The regional chapter of the Union des producteurs agricoles says the cows were transported back to their original farm on Sunday morning.

Specialists examined the cows after their capture and confirmed the animals were in good shape.

A cow grazes in a pasture on a farm near Cremona, Alta., Wednesday, June 26, 2019. After several months on the run, four cows from a herd of runaway cattle were finally captured on Saturday night in St-Sévère, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The union says weather conditions over the last few days prevented the entire herd from being captured, so another operation will take place soon to catch seven or eight animals that remain at large.

In July, a herd of about 20 cows jumped out of their field and had been on the lam ever since. All previous attempts at capturing them failed, including a valiant effort by a group of cowboys from nearby St-Tite — a town known for its annual western festival.

The union says that over the last few days, various feeding points were set up in strategic locations along with fences and other devices that allowed the cows to finally be captured.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 18, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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