A small Quebec town is resorting to cowboy tactics to round up a herd of runaway cattle that have evaded capture for months and have been wreaking havoc in farmers’ fields.
The mayor of St-Sévère, in Quebec’s Mauricie region, said the 20 or so young animals jumped out of their field at the end of July and have been on the lam ever since.
Jean-Yves St-Arnaud said most of his citizens — and even some city council members — are farmers who are no stranger to livestock, but he said recapturing a herd of skittish heifers who haven’t had much contact with humans is a daunting challenge.
“That kind of animal can jump very high,” he said. “They can jump up to five feet high; they’re impressive animals.”
St-Arnaud estimated that the animals have caused between $20,000 and $25,000 worth of damage to nearby crops, mostly by lying down in soya fields and beheading ears of corn. He said the municipality was only informed of what was happening in October, when the cattle started wandering near people’s homes and even across the road.