Police kill cow on Farrington Highway, cause traffic jam

Police kill cow on Farrington Highway, cause traffic jam

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police shot & killed a cow that had escaped its pasture & was wandering around the Farrington Highway, causing major delays.

The brown cow was reported around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Drivers watched the animal cross lanes through traffic & charge at several people.

Officers fired three shots at the cow after it had been on the side of the road for approximately 90 minutes.

p>"The cow became agitated, & the officers were forced to take action," Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu said.

However, owner Bud Gibson tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1I8aaWp ) that his ranch hands had cut open the fence to allow the cow to go back in the pasture, making its death unnecessary.

"If you leave them alone, they'll go back in," he said. "Then this man comes up & messes the whole thing up."

Chaos caused by cars & people had the animal defending its survival, Gibson said.

"It's sad that it happened," he said. "We love our livestock."

Jason Wilson, who saw the cow as it dashed around the highway & bumped into a car, said the cow looked scared.

"It was not really cool. You shouldn't shoot a cow. It did not need to be shot," he said.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

Source: “Associated Press”

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