Move over Babe the Blue Ox, we’ve got Fred the Red steer loose in the north woods. This actually is a true story, my source one of the cowboys attempting to capture him.
About seven weeks ago, maybe nine, a fine gentleman farmer bought three Scottish Highland beeves from another fine gentleman farmer on the western side of Taylor County, somewhere near Gilman. These three loaded into the trailer just fine, although they were pretty wild and not people friendly, contrary to the breed’s good reputation. They unloaded real fine too, however they kept on going right through the fence, except for one who stayed with her new herd buddies. The youngest of the escapees was easily captured and reintroduced to fenced pasture life, which was a relief to all involved.
The last one though decided it wanted to be ‘born free’ and live in the woods, where it has stayed; resisting obvious cow traps, local cowboy intervention and learning that it can toss cow dogs into the air if it wants to.
Fred is surprisingly hard to find in the woods despite his size, previously tossed dogs are the best Fred finders. And dear people, I have been ‘out of the cow loop’ so perhaps he’s hamburger by now. Another back to nature attempt, foiled.
But if he’s still out there…remember the HORNS.