Archive for Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Cows come home safely after early morning romp downtown

February 22, 2006


A Douglas County family is recuperating from an emergency cattle roundup early Sunday in downtown Lawrence.

Jim and Beverly Springer, who keep cattle at a farm on Lakeview Road northwest of Lawrence, received a call from police early Sunday saying someone had spotted their cattle roaming in the area of Burcham Park near the Kansas River.

"They had busted through the fence," Beverly Springer said. "We think something scared them."

Eventually, the cattle - about 30 in all - wandered south to Constant Park, crossed Sixth Street and wound up in a parking lot north of the downtown post office, 645 Vt., where they were blocked in by two police cars and loaded into a truck.

The ordeal lasted until about 5:15 a.m., police said.

Beverly Springer said as she and family members were returning home, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper called to say that another 30 cattle had been spotted loose in a field along the Kansas Turnpike.

All the cattle have since been recovered. "We were all very on edge, mainly because of the liability. Had someone hit one or had they done damage or something like that, it would have been our liability," Beverly Springer said. "More than anything, the traffic scared us since they were so close to town."

Fortunately, she said, the streets were mostly empty.


deuce 12 years, 1 month ago

Probably scared by those helicopters....

bearded_gnome 12 years, 1 month ago

a new method to prevent post-rap-show violence? good idea!

let the cows do it, I say!

coolmom 12 years, 1 month ago

cows are so out of control these days...probably mad about something.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 1 month ago

you're right COOLMOM, I think we need to commission a consultant operated study, including a survey of cow attitudes, to see what they're mad about!

find out what's their beef?

trinity 12 years, 1 month ago

good thing there weren't any roundabouts in the way...chaos could have ensued!

it would have looked like a carousel only with cows.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 1 month ago

Okay, this is what happened, these cows were down at the post office, didn't know what day of the week it was, but they had tried to mail letters, but still were using the 37-cent stamps, and needed those little 2-cent stamps for their letters.

Jannie thinks Marion is "hot?" hey, Jannie, check the label on your meds.

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