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Cow shot after charging at Pa. state troopers

August 01, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

MARION, Pa. - Pennsylvania state troopers had to shoot a large Holstein cow that crossed Interstate 81 just north of Exit 10 in Marion after attempts to corral the animal failed and after it charged the officers, trooper Mark Gray said.

"We had no choice," Gray said. "It charged me, pushed me into my cruiser and broke off the mirror."

The incident occurred around 1 p.m.

According to Gray, the cow crossed the busy highway from the west side to the east side. Gray and another trooper tried to keep it off the roadway and called for assistance from the Greencastle (Pa.) Livestock Auction on Pa. 16, five miles south of the Marion exit at exit 5.

The cow began to act up before anyone from the auction arrived at the scene and had to be killed, Gray said. He said troopers were unable to locate the owner of the cow.

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