Escaped Cow Lassoed on Michigan Highway

One of the best ways to catch a loose cow is by wrangling them with a lasso. Normally, this wouldn’t be done on a highway but that was the case in the Detroit area after a steer that was missing for several weeks was finally captured.

Michigan State Police posted a thread on Twitter about the incident. Troopers were originally called to northbound Interstate 75 in Holly, Michigan, to help control traffic if a loose steer in the area ran onto the busy highway.

In a video that was posted by police, the cow can be seen weaving in and out of the roadway while attempting to escape his pursuers, aka a wrangler on horseback, a state police cruiser and two people on ATVs. The horseback rider was eventually able to get a lasso around the cow, named Lester, and guide him off the roadway.

“Eventually after much tomfoolery, the critter was captured and removed from the freeway,” MSP wrote online. “Troopers reopened the freeway and things quickly got back to normal. The bovine was not charged and is back in the pasture with a story to tell all the other livestock.”

Oakland County officials reported that Lester and a few other cattle escaped several weeks ago from an animal rescue facility in Rose Township. The animals were rounded up and taken to a ranch, where Lester escaped for a second time and spent weeks wandering loose in the area.