Ranchers wrangle cow that closed I-75

Posted: Updated: June 5, 2012 11:07 PM

A giant cow somehow got loose and forced authorities to close both lanes of traffic along I-75 in Lee County until cowboys were able to wrangle it in.

The cow on the run brought traffic to a screeching halt just after 6:30 p.m. near mile marker 147.

"Basically, she was just lost. You just had to find the hole she come out of and put her back in," said rancher John Flowers.

Law enforcement closed all lanes for about 30 minutes as officials tried to guide the cow to safety.

The ranchers say the cow made its way though a hole in the fence, probably in search of greener grass on the other side.

And while deputies did shoot the cow once with a tranquilizer, they still had a hard time bringing her down to the ground.

"She wasn't darted as good as they thought she was, but she wasn't bad - she wasn't bad," Flowers said.

Turning and thrusting with fury, the cow didn't go nicely.

"You'd be mad to if you had two or three guys hanging from your head wouldn't you," Flowers said.

It took four grown men to finally subdue the roughly thousand pound bovine and place her back behind the fence.

"She's fine - just scared to death. She'll be alright," Flowers said.

Now, he says, the work begins on repairing the fence so there's not a scene like this on the highway any time soon.

"We're going get the fence back up and then ride around to see where she got out," Flowers said.

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