Black Calf Is ‘The One That Got Away


Forget handcuffs and pepper spray, officers needed lassos and lessons in steer wrestling Friday to catch one wayward calf.

The black calf, with a face sprinkled with white markings, out ran and out-maneuvered four officers.


Payson Animal Control, police officers and concerned citizens did their best to corral this wayward calf Friday, but it was too quick. The calf eventually ran off into the forest.

The young cow was first spotted drinking out of one of the smaller lakes at Green Valley Park in the morning hours.

The curious site quickly attracted a crowd of walkers and nearby neighbors peering over their balconies. The calf sheepishly walked around the lake before making its way to a condominium’s parking lot. One onlooker tried to entice the calf with some grass, but the calf was less than interested, leaving the pile of ripped up grass to rot.

Payson police officers attempted to corral the beast by forming a loose circle around it, but every time anyone closed in, it quickly sprinted away.

Eventually, the calf made its way east to a nearby field, but then headed south again.

“He was last seen heading southbound into the forest off Green Valley Parkway,” said Payson Police Chief Don Engler. “I guess he was the one that got away.”

The only thing unfazed by whole ordeal were the ducks.


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