An unusual guest was seen ‘mooving’ through town Tuesday.
At around 2 p.m., a cow was spotted wandering down the middle of Highway 16 near 50 Avenue in downtown Lloydminster. Social media was abuzz with photos and witty punchlines.
“It’s something that’s a little out of the everyday,” said RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger.
Kirzinger said that the cow made its way into the downtown area after escaping a veterinary clinic.
“There are several vet clinics in Lloydminster and they are within the city limits, so it’s not too hard for that to happen,” he said.
Police were notified shortly after the cow had escaped the clinic and responded by escorting the cow out of town.
“As the cow was running, we decided to stop intersections and control them and herd the cow out of town so that there wouldn’t be any property damage,” he said. “From when we located it, it just ran east on Highway 16 out of the city and then it just went north past the Alberta visitors centre on the east side of town.”
Intersections from 54 Avenue all the way to the end of town were effected by the police activity. Kirzinger wouldn’t comment on specific protocols police follow when large animals and livestock wander into the city.
“There are certain things that we can do when animals are loose inside the city. We can contact our local conservation, if necessary. We can utilize a lot of the resources that we have with us at the time,” he said.
After the cow was outside of town, RCMP stopped herding the animal. The owners of the steer were aware of its location and Kirzinger says they were able to load the animal.
Kirzinger said if people find livestock walking through the city, the best course of action would be to contact either police, conservation, or city officials.
While the bovine fugitive may have been a novelty for some Lloydminster residents, Kirzinger says it’s not unusual for police who work in small towns to intervene when livestock escape.
“Any member who has worked in a rural setting has had to deal with cows in one way or another,” he said. “It’s not an uncommon thing in our line of work to see that every so often. Inside of a city the size of Lloydminster, not as common. But it’s not something I haven’t seen before.”