Ranchers wrangle cow that closed I-75

Posted: Updated: June 5, 2012 11:07 PM
LEE COUNTY -

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.

  • Most Popular Stories

    • Southwest Florida cold case homicides

      These are the faces of lives lost in homicides - all their cases have gone cold and remain unsolved. A living list of their stories comes from local law enforcement seeking information.
    • Deadly new drug banned by Florida AG

      An emergency order was just signed to keep a deadly new drug off the streets of Southwest Florida. U-47-700, sometimes known as "Pinky," has led to more than 50 deaths around the country, including in Florida.

    • Lisa Story and Robin Cornell, Cape Coral 1990

      On May 10th, 1990,11-year-old Robin Cornell and 32-year-old Lisa Story were brutally murdered in the early morning hours at their Cape Coral apartment, located at 631 SE 12th Avenue.
    • Protests erupt after fatal officer-involved shooting in California

      A black man has died after being shot by police in El Cajon, California, sparking protests in the suburb northeast of San Diego.

    • College QB suspended after allegations he broke dog's jaw

      Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Animal Control has cited MSU QB Breck Ruddick after their initial investigation of animal abuse claims. Ruddick was ticketed for animal cruelty and dog at large charges, both are municipal ordinance violations.

    • Why you should be careful searching for Amy Schumer

      Amy Schumer may be very funny, but she can be bad for your computer's health.

    • Red tide detected off SWFL coast

      Thousands of dead fish are stinking up the shores of Manasota Key and low levels of red tide have been detected off the Lee County coast.

    • Caught on cam: Suspects sought in downtown Fort Myers motorcycle theft

      Two thieves stole a motorcycle from right underneath three recently installed cameras in downtown Fort Myers. Police released images caught by those cameras of the two suspects.

    • DNA leads to arrest in Cape Coral cold case

      Cape Coral police announced they arrested Joseph Zieler for the murders of Robin Cornell and Lisa Story who were brutally murdered in their apartment on May 10th, 1990.

    • Plan proposed for Murdock Village to bring $40 million in revenue

      After years of either failed bids or no interest, Murdock Village in Charlotte County finally has a developer planning to build homes, retail space and a hotel.