Cow Dodges Traffic Along I-75

AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – It could have been an utter disaster, but after a morning of dodging traffic, a cow is now safe and sound and off the freeway.

Oakland County Animal Control Division Manager Larry Obrecht said they got a call from State Police about the bewildered bovine, spotted along I-75 northbound at Baldwin Road.

“We dispatched our deputies; they had secured the cow by tying it to a tree,” Obrecht told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeil. “We contacted our vendor that does our hauling and we went out and picked up the cow, so we know have Elsie the cow secure and happy as a clam out on our farm.”

Obrecht said while the ordeal was the butt of jokes on Tuesday, a cow loose on the freeway is no laughing matter.

“You know, a cow weighs considerably more than a deer and we know what a deer will do to your vehicle,” he said. “That’s a very dangerous situation; animals of that size running at large.”

Obrecht said this is the second cow they’ve picked up this week. They’ve also captured two horses and two pigs.

Obrecht said an investigation is now underway to determine where the cow came from and how it got onto the freeway.

No injuries were reported.


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