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Loose bull killed in Trumbull

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TRUMBULL – A 500-pound bull was shot and killed Tuesday night after being on the loose in town for several hours and forcing a local school to hold its students for an extra 50 minutes out of concern for their safety.

The eight-month-old bull had escaped from a property in Monroe and Trumbull Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry said his department first received a report of the loose bovine at 11:36 a.m. The bull wandered through side streets and wooded areas along the Monroe Turnpike before stopping near Trefoil Drive in northern part of Trumbull.

Trumbull authorities tried to tranquilize the bull multiple times, but it ran away and remained at large for several hours. Searchers then became concerned that the bull could be a danger to students being dismissed from Tashua School on Stonehouse Road.

Police asked the school to hold its students until the bull was out of the area. Students are normally released at 3:15 p.m., but weren’t released from the school until 4:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Harry said the bull eventually wandered into a secluded area where it was shot and killed.  He said no one was hurt during the incident. It was not immediately clear whether the bull’s owner would face any charges for his animal’s escape.

Categories: General
Wes Duplantier

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15 Responses

  1. J. says:

    Having grown up in Trumbull I am honestly so sad to hear about this. I do not think that this was the right action to take at all. How long had they been trying to tranquilize it? And how many tranquilizers did they use? Did they try to get in contact with the owner of the bull and have him/her come and get it? I mean, where is the sense in this? I know that the police tried to do something at first, but what caused them to “dispatch” it? What am I missing here?

    Tere always another option besides killing – whether it’s an animal or a person, so long as they are not physically threatening another’s life. Clearly, this bull was just scared and young, probably an escapee.

  2. Melissa says:

    Has CT become so “citified” that the result of a young bull (yes, youngster)getting loose is to shoot and kill it?? Really??

  3. Rosa says:

    Really! if it ended up in a secluded are why couldn’t you just tranquilize it and not kill it. NOT NECESSARY.

  4. Jabatti says:

    Terrible- It was 8 mths old…I know it is a bull- I am sure all of our wonderful organizations, CT Humane Society, SPCA, ASPCA…etc…. would not be very happy. I hope the town receives some “heat” for it.

  5. Kathy says:

    What a shame. Maybe just one more shot of tranquilizer in that safe and secluded area would have worked.

  6. Carol says:

    Seriously? They had to kill the bull? I don’t think so. The human race is pathetic.

  7. Cindy says:

    If they had him cornered in a secluded area and were able to shoot him and kill him, why couldn’t they at that point shot him with tranquilizer darts instead of killing him. Killing him was completely unecessary.

  8. Baseballmom says:

    Here we go again with Connecticuts answer to a difficult animal. They just kill it!

  9. kariann says:

    Ok seriously! Our naturally rooted farming skills at its best?? What is done is done and can not be changed but definitely other results could have been achieved. Any animal’s priority is basic: eat poop and sleep. They are afraid of what “seems” bigger then them and can be easily manipulated. Next time if maybe use of local farmers skills and equipment could assist??? A few loafs of bread is very tempting and a great tool reeling in a gentle beast. Whatever, the solution seemed lazy.

  10. Laura says:

    Why did they not tranquilize this animal? They seemed to know where it came from. Will my dog get shot if she gets loose too?

  11. CAT says:

    Oh pleaseeeee! Yes they should have killed it! The owner has proven that he/she is unable to take care of the animal or properly keep it fenced in the property.

  12. JYD says:

    I can’t believe Monroe and Trumbull are that unequipped that they have to shoot an animal to protect a school 2 miles away. Hey… I saw a deer on the side of the road in Trumbull last week. Better kill that one, too. It might run out in front of a school bus.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    I dont see why they had to kill the bull..it was a baby bull..PETA woudlnt be happy…

  14. Ellen says:

    The bull must have come from a nearby farm. Couldn’t they get help from a farmer or the SPCA instead of killing it? I understand about the children, but it was in a secluded area.

  15. Chaotica says:

    Couldn’t tranquilize but had no trouble killing in a secluded area. What a shame it came that. It didn’t have to. :(