Illinois State Police troopers looking for a loose bull last seen in East St. Louis Friday say it still had not been located as of mid-morning Saturday.
According to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr., two bulls escaped from a pasture in Caseyville and made their way toward Interstate 64, where motorists reported seeing them near the Illinois 157 interchange shortly after 3 p.m.
Dye said one of the bulls began running at full speed eastbound in I-64’s westbound lanes, charging at cars and also at responding troopers. He said troopers eventually shot the 1,000-pound bull to death so that it wouldn’t damage vehicles or injure motorists. Dye said the second bull, a 750-pounder that also has horns, also was shot two to three times by troopers but continued into East St. Louis, leading troopers on a foot chase that lasted more than three hours.
Motorists initially told troopers the bulls had somehow managed to escape from a moving trailer, but Dye said troopers confirmed the bulls were missing from the Caseyville pasture. He said a truck hauling a cattle trailer happened to be on the interstate at the same time motorists noticed the livestock.
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The second bull was still loose somewhere in East St. Louis when troopers suspended their search at 6:40 p.m. Dye said ISP’s search airplane was activated and assisted troopers from the air for two hours as they looked for the animal that was last seen in a wooded area of 15th and Lynch streets.
At mid-morning Saturday, ISP dispatchers said there had not been any reports of the loose bull being sighted.
“This could very easily have been a disaster for any vehicles or people in the vicinity at the time the bull was on the loose on the highway,” Dye said. He said the bulls’ owner was issued a citation for failure to confine livestock. He did not release the owner’s name or give a specific address.
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