BOISE -- Farm animals on the loose is small-town news, but Boise isn't too big for the occasional wayward animal.
On Friday, that animal was a young cow who jumped a pasture fence at Cloverdale and Ustick roads and headed east down Ustick. The wayward cow was reported at 8:30 p.m.
"It was definitely a traffic hazard," Lt. Bryan Hagler said of the cow, which was running in and out of traffic. Police shut down about a half-mile section of Ustick, between Five Mile and Bryson, for about 45 minutes.
The cow's owner brought a trailer out to load the cow up, but she didn't go peacefully.
"This cow had a lot of spunk to it. We couldn't get close to it -- it would charge you," Hagler said. He said someone on a horse was able to lasso the cow and move her to the trailer.
The incident drew a large crowd of onlookers. One of them got a little too close while trying to snap a photo.
"It knocked her down," Hagler said. "She refused paramedics, but I think she got hit pretty hard."
Hagler, who has been around cows his whole life, said he thought this wouldn't be the last we hear about the spunky cow who jumped the fence.
"I would guess that we're going to see this cow again," he said.
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