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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.

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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. 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.

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