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No bull: 2,000 pound animal shot dead in Woodbury after traffic rampage

A 2,000-pound bull sprung loose from a trailer taking it to market Wednesday morning and rampaged through rush hour traffic in Woodbury.

Police – joined by farmers who had transported the bull – attempted to corral the animal while it stormed around Hudson Road near Manning Avenue.

Michelle Okada, public information officer for Woodbury police, said the farmers – from West Lakeland Township – phoned a veterinarian during the incident for assistance in how to safely contain the bull. Efforts to lasso and tranquilize the bull were unsuccessful, Okada said.

“In the end, they said they needed to put the bull down for the safety of traffic,” she said.

A Washington County Sheriff’s officer fired two slugs from a shotgun, according to preliminary reports.

The farmers’ vehicle had just exited off Interstate 94 at Manning Avenue when the incident occurred. Okada said it was unclear whether the bull got loose while the trailer was in motion. The incident began around 7:30 a.m. and lasted more than an hour, Okada said.

She said the bull ran through a neighboring cornfield, stormed through a roadside ditch and crossed all four lanes of Hudson Road traffic.

“They were concerned about the traffic hazard it was causing,” Okada said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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