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WATCH: Cowboys Wrangle Loose Cattle on Idaho Highway

by Jon D. B.
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State police aren’t typically trained in cattle management, which is why these Idaho cowboys became crucial in a highway rescue mission.

If you were stuck on Idaho’s stretch of 1-84 this morning, it wasn’t just the snow causing delays. Two cows ran amok on a stretch of the interstate early Wednesday after escaping their pasture. Footage shared by ABC News shows an Idaho couple viewing the cattle’s rampage before the bovines eventually bull straight into traffic.

“STEER CLEAR: Cowboys came to aid state police in Idaho when two cattle escaped their pasture and dashed down I-84 before they were lassoed and safely placed into a trailer,” ABC News posts to Twitter:

“Yup, that’s a cow. And he’s p*ssed,” the woman recording narrates as the first cow thrashes about behind the median. “Lots of cowboys and an angry cow… On the freeway. Oh, this cow is pissed!”

Then, expletives are flying as the cow runs directly out into traffic. “We’re also playing with the cow now!” the woman and her husband shout. Cowboys are frantically working their horses in the background as they try to rope the bovines.

It’s likely these cowboys are the owners of the cattle and are trying to make the situation right. Thankfully, no injuries have come to light as part of this minor rampage.

Taking Care of Cattle is No Small Affair

As the clip demonstrates, cattle can switch from docile to large and in charge on a dime. Ranchers must be on guard at all times around cattle of all shapes and sizes, as these enormous bovines can cause serious injury without ever intending to. And if they intend to, they can fatally injure in a heartbeat.

In fact, cows are responsible for killing more people in America each year than sharks and alligators combined. On average, about 20 people die from cattle trampling/injuries/mauling each year.

This isn’t to say cattle are inherently aggressive. In fact, they are typically the opposite. As a highland cattle rancher, I am amazed by how sweet, gentle, and curious these wonderful animals are. However, tending cattle requires constant caution and the utmost care. If something were to spook even a 1-year-old highland cow, at 400 lbs they’re still fully capable of trampling a person to death without ever meaning to.

Thankfully, this sort of scenario pales in comparison to the joys of cattle ranching. It’s a lot of hard work, but hard work is the kind that pays off in heaps:

How to Hand-Train Highland Coos! From their introduction on our homestead in August to now in December, these girls have made incredible strides! It takes daily work and a whole lot of patience, but the reward is one of the most fulfilling relationships man can have with any animal.