The Mounties always get their cow

A lost Highland steer found its way onto neighbouring properties near Landstrom Road in Hope during a stand off with police Tuesday

  • May. 4, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Ionela Garrett points at a stray Highland cow with Sergeant Black from the Hope RCMP beside her. The pair prepare to aid in efforts to wrangle the wayward beast Tuesday afternoon

Hope RCMP, with the assistance of members from Boston Bar RCMP,  were able to successfully take a rogue cow into custody shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, without any injuries to either the bovine, police members or members of the general public.

There had been concerns for both the walking and motoring public as the Highland steer seemed to be enjoying a brief moment of freedom outside its usual fenced compound.

Police officers, acting swiftly, were able to confine the animal of husbandry to a wooded area. RCMP  were able to observe the cow cheerfully grazing in a local field. Investigation is on going to determine if there is sufficient evidence to charge the unruly bovine for trespassing and grazing in an unlawful location.

“The amount I’m bothered by the cow — zero,” said nearby witness Terry Chowoloski.

The assistance of  local “cow whisperer” Ionela Garrett and her horse Bolt was utilised and eventually lead to the successful apprehension of the wayward beast.

“The attending police officers are to be commended for their swift response and dedication to duty while ensuring the safety of the residents in the area during this protracted event,” said Staff Sergeant Karol Rehdner. “I would like to assure the public that this was a singular event and that police believe this is not the beginning of a mass outbreak of carefree cattle.”

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