The Canadian Press – 23 Jul 2021 / 18:53 | History: 340922
A bull runs along Montgomery Avenue on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Mastic, NY
An escaped bull escaped capture for days on Long Island despite researchers using a helicopter and night vision equipment as well as attempts to lure the stray animal with grain and a cow.
Suffolk County Police said they began responding to calls about the 1,500-pound (680-kilogram) bull at large on Tuesday morning after passing through a fence at a local farm. Residents spotted the dark-haired bull, since nicknamed Barney, walking through suburban fields, roads and front yards. And he briefly closed part of Sunrise Highway.
Teams searched the area about 50 miles east of New York City on foot and on horseback. They used drones. A “bull trap” baited with the same food Barney eats on the farm has not worked, and neither have other potential traps.
“We tried to lure him with a cow, with horses,” Frankie Floridia of Strong Island Animal Rescue told Newsday. “I’m here with a (tranquilizer gun), looking for it, and I’m like, ‘I’m hunting cows in an Indiana Jones movie.’ It’s just frustrating. The more it goes, the more we wonder what’s going on.
The bull roams a part of Long Island that features dense undergrowth and pine heaths. Floridia said dense vegetation hampered the search.
Rescuers said they hoped the bull would be transferred to a sanctuary.
“I am not afraid that he is aggressive towards humans,” said Floridia. “He has no horns, he is not an aggressive animal. I think he’s going to see people and he’s going to run away. I’m just afraid that with the color of his coat, he’ll get lost on a dark road and a driver won’t see him.