The Press Newspaper
An escaped cow-vict jumped an electric hotline fence and escaped its pasture nearly two weeks ago and is still at large.
Joe and Anne Zielinski stated, in an email to The Press, that the all-black cow, which stands four-feet high and weighs about 400 pounds, was last seen Sunday evening, July 29 fleeing the pasture at the corner of Billman and Moline-Martin roads. The Zielinskis tried to corral the cow but she eluded them, seeking cover in a corn field, then jumping onto the railroad tracks and fleeing east towards Clay Center.
The Zielinskis commissioned a posse of 10 to comb the fields and railroad tracks, but to no avail. The cow was spotted several times, but when darkness fell the search was suspended.
An Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the cow that night around 11:30 p.m. on the east side of Genoa Clay Center Rd at the railroad tracks. When daylight broke, the cow-hunt continued and the Zielinskis enlisted the aid of resident cow tracking expert Don “Butch” Laijti. The search centered around the Clay Center, Martin, Curtice and Williston areas. However, the Cow-With-No-Name was still on the lam.
The Zielinskis, increasingly desperate to capture her before she meets with a bad end, had a friend fly his plane over the area fields and woods trying to spot her. In addition, several friends rode around on four-wheelers searching for her, but despite all the eyes in the air and on the ground, the Cow-With-No-Name remained holed up, out of sight.
Nearly two weeks have passed since the escape. The Zielinskis still take several trips around the local area farm fields and woods, as well as creeks in hopes of spotting her. Their main concern, at this point, is having her cross roads and come into traffic and possibly causing a very dangerous situation.
“We know she has plenty to eat with the local fields, however we are concerned with the lack of water around. It could be possible that she is walking various creeks in search of water,” they state.
If you know of her whereabouts, you are encouraged to call Joe & Anne Zielinski at (419) 855-3473.
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