Quebec Town tries cowboy tactics after months of dodging cattle trampling captivity

Cows and calves graze in a pasture on a farm near Cremona, Alta, June 26, 2019. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

small Quebec city Relying on cowboy tactics to escape capture for months, he’s amassed a herd of runaway cattle that are wreaking havoc in the farmer’s fields.

About 20 young animals jumped out of the field at the end of July and have been stuck ever since, according to Saint-Severe, mayor of Maurice, Quebec.

Jean-Yves St-Arnaud estimates that animals have caused $20,000 to $25,000 in damage by flattening crops and chewing up ears of corn in farmers’ fields.

According to St-Arnaud, residents and authorities tried everything to catch them, including mobilizing cowboys from nearby St-Tite. city Known for its annual Western Festival.

He says eight cowboys nearly succeeded in corralling the herd at the end of October, but the animals escaped capture at the last minute.

St-Arnaud says the animal is somewhere in the forest now, but he doesn’t know exactly where. He added that he hoped the cold and hunger would drive them home.

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