After trying to corral a runaway cow on Billings’ South Side on Tuesday, Morgan Logan said it didn’t take him long to realize the Billings police were dealing with one mad cow.

“I’ve been around livestock my whole life, so at first sight I thought it was pretty funny seeing cops chase a cow down the street,” Logan said Wednesday afternoon. “But she was like a bull at a rodeo.”

Logan, 52, of Acton, was released from St. Vincent Healthcare on Wednesday afternoon with sore ribs and broken tibia and fibula bones after being pummeled by the cow a day earlier at his construction work site at 10th Avenue South and South Broadway.

Logan was driving a gravel truck when he saw the police trying to contain the cow and decided to try to help them.

“I couldn’t believe how fast she came out from under the tree,” Logan said. “I guess I saw her too late because the next thing I knew I was in the air. I had no fence to climb — she caught me right in the open.”

The 1,200-pound black Angus escaped from the Public Auction Yards shortly before 3 p.m. during unloading and led law enforcement on a chase through downtown and the South Side.

Nearly two hours later, the cow was shot by the Billings Police Department.

Auction yard manager Bob Cook said the cow was 'on the fight' to begin with when she came off the truck.

On her downtown trek, the cow had tipped over a bicyclist and made many charging attempts toward pedestrians and had nearly jumped over one of the police vehicles, Lt. Iffland said

“It’s not like we are out in the pasture,” Lt. Kevin Iffland said Wednesday. “This was a totally different scenario of asphalt and a lot of traffic. We are not equipped to wrangle large animals in a city environment.”

The initial call came in just before 3 p.m., when Billings police requested the assistance of Montana Fish and Wildlife Parks as well as the Public Auction Yard where the cow had escaped from.

Bob Gibson, communication and education program manager for Fish and Wildlife Parks, said they were unable to respond to the incident because the agency wouldn’t have been able to act fast enough.

“It’s not like we just go to the cupboard and pull out a dart gun and shoot,” Gibson said. “There are different drugs, concentrations and quantities that are all considerations when darting animals. Wardens do a lot of studying and environmental assessment ahead of time when tranquilizing an animal.

“And we don’t handle livestock. In fact, it’s fairly rare that we dart anything.”

Billings police requested assistance from auction yard employees, Iffland said, but by that time the cow had already charged several pedestrians and bicyclists on sidewalks and yards.

An on-duty detective, who is also a police marksman, was called in to shoot the cow. He used a .308-caliber rifle and fired one round through the cow’s heart at 4:41 p.m.

“There were a lot of factors that were considered that went into this as well — backgrounds and angles,” Lt. Iffland said, “and whether to shoot in the head or heart. We were certainly concerned with the most humane way and the safest way."

Bob Cook, auction yard manager, said the cow was taken to the city landfill.

At this time, he is not certain if the cow was covered under the auction yard’s insurance at the point of consignment transfer.

“We will take the appropriate measures to respond once we find out what that is,” Cook said.

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(19) comments

Simba7
Simba7

Why didn't they just slaughter the cow instead of taking her to the landfill?

Lots of good meat gone to waste.

cme
cme

what a stupid waste of meat.

RustiAnkr
RustiAnkr

It's a real shame they couldn't use the beef tohelp out some local people. I'm glad to hear the guy that was injured will be okay. we sure don't bounce like we used to!

ne-mt
ne-mt

Why did they haul the cow to the landfill? Sure she got run around and excited not making the meat the best but she could have been processed into hamburger.

vack
vack

Better check with the guys at the landfill, I bet they had a great bbq.

lisaslo
lisaslo

My thoughts exactly - and more power to them!

VCSORD1
VCSORD1

I'm glad that guy was wearing his hard hat!

pure life
pure life

It's against the law to slaughter a non-ambulatory animal for food. Federal rules! No one would butcher it because it didn't pass federal food laws.

Wy_rose
Wy_rose

Exactly why we cull the high-headed cows like we do here. I would be willing to bet this wasn't her first 'rodeo'. As far as the meat going to waste, meat has to be handled a certain way and quickly in this kind of heat. You have to have a way to render it in place BEFOREHAND. If they had slaughtered that cow, and somebody got sick, in this sue-happy day and age, who would have been liable? I'm very glad Mr. Logan is OK, and I hope his recovery is as quick and painless as possible. At least he 'cowboyed-up'!

billmillerjr
billmillerjr

a deer isnt checked by federal meat inspectors either but you can take them to 4th ave meat market for processing........why not a cow

MTJarhead
MTJarhead

Saler....

topit
topit

Glad he is doing better. And I thought my wife was ornery.

fountain of smart
fountain of smart

lots of comedians outa work and you're tryin to be funny?
fail!

rainbowed
rainbowed

LOL! I thought it was funny! Ignore the "smart" people.

rodeorulz
rodeorulz

I'm disappointed to find out they took the cow to the landfill...what a waste of good meat that could have been used as burger if nothing else. I'm sure that someone would have taken her and butchered her themselves! I would have!! I am glad to hear that the construction worker who tried to help will be ok given some time to heal.

greganwortman
greganwortman

Not the first time critters from the PAY have toured the Billings environs. Remember the billy goat that escaped from the same yards a few years ago. Yeee - HAA! The wild west.

notalone
notalone

The cow might not have charged this man had he not been waving his arms around (might still have charged but less likely). Happened right outside my work and my coworker watched it happen. Said the guy was waving his arms in the air and the cow charged.

ranch daughter
ranch daughter

You haven't been around many cows, have you? I've worked with and around cows and cowboys all my life, and what the construction worker did is what any cowboy or rancher would have done to try to "turn the cow." As he said, he didn't know she was already "on the fight" or he wouldn't have even tried to help. Once she saw him, it wouldn't have made any difference whether he waved his arms or dropped straight to the ground, she would have attacked him.

As wyoming

armadillo
armadillo

anyone that has been around hunters knows you don't run a deer or other animal because the meat gets rank and smells when killed and opened. That cow was way past being good for food.

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