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Steer runs loose near MU campus; 1 man injured

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 10:25 a.m. CDT; updated 3:49 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
An Angus steer that escaped from a pen ran loose through east Columbia and across campus Tuesday morning before it was killed. The animal injured one man.

An updated version of this article has been posted.

COLUMBIA — A 1,300-pound Angus steer jumped a fence at the MU Abattoir, or slaughterhouse, Tuesday morning and injured one man.

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The steer ran over a man inside the University Avenue parking garage, according to MU police Capt. Brian Weimer. The man sustained a head injury, and he is hospitalized at University Hospital. His condition was not available as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The animal ran loose for about 90 minutes after escaping from the abattoir at East Campus Drive and Rollins Street. A witness reported seeing the steer running across lawns on Rosemary Lane at 9:10 a.m.

MU police officers pursued the animal for about an hour with assistance from the Columbia Police Department, animal control and Dusty Nagy, an assistant professor with the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Angus steer was shot three times and killed by an MU police officer just after 10 a.m. in the backyard of a house at 1502 Anthony St., Weimer said.

Officers had initially attempted to tranquilize the steer, Weimer said. But after the steer injured the man, the primary concern was stopping it before someone else got hurt.

No information will be released on the injured man until his family has been contacted. He was injured just inside the Paquin Street entrance to the parking garage.

The house's owner, Clara Pike, 94, said she was startled by the sound of shots and looked outside to see the steer. The process of removing the dead steer from Pike's backyard began at 10:30 a.m.

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Kevin Gamble June 19, 2012 | 12:58 p.m.

Another day I'm glad I'm a vegetarian.

Seems as though the facility would be more correctly identified as a safety risk, instead of the animal.

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Michael Williams June 19, 2012 | 3:21 p.m.

I don't know whether to yell "Where's the beef?" or "Where are all those bull riders we've been reading about recently?"

There's never a cowboy when you need one.

Oops. Or cowgirl.

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Michael Williams June 19, 2012 | 3:23 p.m.

Is the officer on administrative leave?

Where's a taser when you need one?

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Michael Williams June 19, 2012 | 3:26 p.m.

Bovines-for-Justice spokesperson, Fulla Bull, said, "Relatives of the steer have hired an attorney and are considering a civil suit against the city. We also ask that you eat more chiken."

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mike mentor June 19, 2012 | 3:36 p.m.

Michael, you're hogging all the fun. I was coming with a chikin angle myself, but you beat me to it ;-)

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Michael Williams June 19, 2012 | 3:55 p.m.

MikeM: Well, quit workin' so hard or type faster.

;^)

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Michael Williams June 19, 2012 | 4:47 p.m.

On stealing all the fun:

I think arm-bone jokes
should be hilarious; but
none are humerus.

Same with inert gas
jokes, with the steer topic. But,
all good ones argon.

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Matthew Schacht June 19, 2012 | 4:57 p.m.

This question may sound overly empathetic, but is anyone else sad at the thought of how much horror this steer probably felt, escaping from a slaughterhouse and being pursued for its life?

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Michael Williams June 19, 2012 | 5:31 p.m.

Matthew: I dunno. Somehow I hope I go out that way, with one last heroic outburst of joyous freedom while flippin' off the grim reaper.

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Ola Coker June 19, 2012 | 5:42 p.m.

I was walking on campus when the cow was running towards me. Poor thing knew what was coming.

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frank christian June 19, 2012 | 9:31 p.m.

Matt - "is anyone else sad at the thought of how much horror this steer probably felt,"

Aren't you draping you feelings over those of the animal? How could you assume it was in horror of its short experience with freedom? My experience includes a calf that somehow learned to lean under an electric fence and thus graze outside the enclosed pasture, next to the road. The farmer, owner said "the little s/b found he could do it, so he does it every day, then returns "home".

An old black and white TV hour family program, centered on the problems of a boy that could hear "fish scream" when they felt the hook of the fisherman. That you?

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Ray Shapiro June 19, 2012 | 10:00 p.m.

("MU police officers pursued the animal for about an hour with assistance from the Columbia Police Department, animal control and Dusty Nagy, an assistant professor with the College of Veterinary Medicine.")

They tried to recall that breed of animal for a steering problem.
Unfortunately, the injured man failed to moo've over.

It's no bull.
The steer is dead.
Long live the cow.

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mike mentor June 19, 2012 | 11:27 p.m.

Steer schacht as he fled
Evidence he was well fed
Welcome is a Mat?

(if mine goes, so should our new friends' ;-)

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