Wrangler On Horseback Lassoes Cow On Michigan Interstate

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Imagine a scene from an old western film playing out right in front of you while you are commuting home from work.

That’s exactly what happened when a steer that had been on the loose for several days was tracked down on horseback on a Michigan interstate yesterday afternoon.

Don’t believe me?

Well, I’ve got plenty of tweets straight from the source to prove it, as well as one of the wildest dash cam videos you will ever see, so lock in for a minute and prepare to take in one of the wildest high speed (maybe medium speed is more accurate) chase scenes in the history of livestock.

Apparently the cow’s name is Lester (great name for a cow), and he had broken away from the rest of his cattle group sometime over the weekend when they were being transported from one farm to another.

The Michigan State Police reported to the scene, even briefly shutting down the interstate so that they could ensure the safety of the cow and drivers along the busy roadway.

How did they eventually manage to bring the cow back into captivity you ask? Well, as the old saying goes, sometimes in order to move forward, you have to go back.

The Michigan State Police decided to go “full Yellowstone” and called in a straight up cowboy wrangler to chase down and lasso the runaway cow. The MSP’s Twitter account did a great job of keeping people informed on the incident, and the entertaining, cow-pun riddled thread started with this:

“So here is the skinny on the cow. Troopers were requested for traffic control along I-75 near Belford Road as a precaution in the event that a runaway cow managed to escape and run onto I-75.”

Great work by the social media guru behind the account to work in the cow joke and insert a GIF of the animal. Though it doesn’t look exactly like the cow that was eventually apprehended, it still worked to set up imagery for the readers.

The thread went on with:

“A team of wranglers comprised of men and women comparable to the cast of Yellowstone attempted to wrangle a cow that was stuck in a gravel pit on Belford Road. Troopers stayed on standby to stop traffic on I 75 if necessary.

The wranglers were on the shoulder of I-75 with horses and four wheelers when they attempted to capture the suspect bovine, but were unsuccessful in their attempts.”

The Michigan State Police brought out the damn “calve-ary” (baby cow joke) in order to bring in this wild cow. The steer must have heard the “end of the story” for its life and decided to take matters into its own hooves.

The captivating story continued:

“The cow managed to outsmart its advisories, and entered the northbound lanes of I-75. The wranglers chased the cow with four wheelers, horses, and lassos across all lanes of travel. Troopers shut down north and southbound lanes of I-75 for safety.”

“Eventually after much tom foolery, the critter was captured and removed from the freeway. Troopers reopened the freeway and things quickly got back to normal. The bovine was not charged and is back in the pasture with a story to tell all the other livestock.”

Ah yes, there it is. The ole’ “animal was not charged” joke that police often pull out when it comes to these random wildlife run ins. The jokes are always simple, always effective, and always welcomed, as far as I’m concerned.

If the text thread didn’t tell the story in the vivid detail you were hoping for, then maybe the dash cam footage from the cow chase down will suffice. Again, props to whoever was running the socials, because they once again nailed it with the “if there’s no video it didn’t happen” routine:

And there you have it, a cow being lassoed off the side of the interstate. That has to be the most riveting police chase since the OJ Simpson White Bronco footage, am I right?

Thankfully, the local news station also covered the story, which provided a little bit more commentary with the shocking video. The newscasters could barely keep it together as they worked their way through the story:

I buried this “cow pun” way into the article because a) it’s too obvious and b) it’s overused, but I feel obligated to say it.

That cow was really getting a “moo-ve” on to evade the authorities.

Sorry, I should’ve just kept that to myself…

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