Steer Gets Loose, Runs the Streets of Eyota

Posted at: 03/08/2013 6:50 PM
Updated at: 03/08/2013 6:55 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- There's the running with the bulls and then there’s what happened on the streets of Eyota this week. Where a farm animal lead Olmsted County Sheriff deputies on a 45 minute chase.

It started out as a typical Thursday morning at Burt's Meats in Eyota.

"The farmer, he backed up like we always do, but he left just a little gap," said butcher Kermit Burt.

He says that's when the day, or you could say cow, went in a whole different direction.

"It ran up here a couple times and then it ran right back there," said Burt.

The farmers steer decided to take a tour of downtown Eyota and it wasn't coming back to Burt's Meat for anyone.

"She was a feisty one, she was not happy and as the more of us came around the more irritated she got," said Burt.

ABC 6 News was able to get video taken from the dash cam of an Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputy, who was called in to help try and coral the steer.

"Yes, this is not what you would call your usual suspect," said Claymon.

Sgt. Tom Claymon says the steer walking through the streets caused safety concerns not just for the public, but for the deputies as well.

"At one point it did make what you'd call charging movements at one of the deputies who was forced to flee back behind the safety of the squad," said Claymon.

After nearly 45 minutes Deputies were eventually forced to put the steer down.

"It could have been worse," said Burt.

For Burt, who understands how dangerous these animals can be, the chase could not have ended soon enough.

"I always think of the worse, what if the cow gets to the highway or what if someone comes out of their house and doesn't see it and it takes them down, I always worry they so they can't knock these things down fast enough for me," said Burt.

Burt said this was about the 4th time they've had a cow come loose in the city. This was one of the more feisty steers.