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This is the moment drivers were confronted with a cowboy helping police to corral a runaway cow as it charged along an Idaho highway.

Amanda Chapman filmed the footage as she travelled along on the I-84 interstate  near Caldwell at around 1.15pm on January 2.

Her footage shows a horseback rider trying to lasso a cow while police officers wave their arms to herd it.

But the runaway animal swerves past the officers, charges out of the median and heads along the road past Ms Chapman’s car. 

Ms Chapman narrates as she approaches two riders and the animal, saying: ‘We’ve got some cowboys and an angry cow taking off on the freeway.’

As she and another person in the vehicle observe the strange scene, she adds: ‘The cow is p***ed.’ 

As the animal dodges the attempts to wrangle it and heads towards her vehicle Ms Chapman exclaims: ‘We’re playing with the cow!’

The video, which Ms Chapman uploaded to Facebook, has been viewed over 137,000 times, with the incident even prompting Idaho State Police to release a statement condemning those who slowed down to film the scenes.

The cattle bolt across the interstate in the footage as the people on horseback attempt to wrangle them back into their trailer in Idaho

The cattle bolt across the interstate in the footage as the people on horseback attempt to wrangle them back into their trailer in Idaho

The cattle bolt across the interstate in the footage as the people on horseback attempt to wrangle them back into their trailer in Idaho

The incident unfolded after police dispatchers received calls about cows blocking traffic on the interstate.

Two officers, Idaho State Trooper Weinstein and Sgt Farley, arrived to find two cows in a construction site between lanes with another safely off the highway. 

Initially troopers tried to use their patrol cars to wrangle the cows into their owner’s trailer but this did not work.

The two horseback riders had much better luck and managed to marshal the rogue cows back towards their trailer after getting them off the road.

The standoff between the bovine and the cowboys took hours to resolve before the cows were back in their pen

The standoff between the bovine and the cowboys took hours to resolve before the cows were back in their pen

The standoff between the bovine and the cowboys took hours to resolve before the cows were back in their pen

However, one cow broke free and decided to continue its adventure. 

Sgt Steve Farley told KTVB: ‘When we were attempting to get the cow into the trailer, she changed her mind and decided that she was going to take another trip down the interstate.

‘The two individuals on horseback were able to follow her and eventually able to get her roped and secured so we could keep her off of the interstate.’

He added: ‘They did a fantastic job. We really appreciate those two coming out with their horses because there was no way we would have gotten her in without their help.’ 

It took more than two hours to wrangle the runaways back into their pen, but none of the cows or rescuers were injured in the operation. 

State troopers had initially fails to marshal the bovines using their state police cruisers

State troopers had initially fails to marshal the bovines using their state police cruisers

State troopers had initially fails to marshal the bovines using their state police cruisers

In the footage, the cow bolts past police officers and cars to run back down the highway

In the footage, the cow bolts past police officers and cars to run back down the highway

In the footage, the cow bolts past police officers and cars to run back down the highway

However, the police took to Facebook to slam drivers who slowed down on the interstate in order to film the bizarre scenes.

They posted: ‘The happy ending almost didn’t happen. Many passing motorists stayed focused and alert as the cowboys and Troopers did their best to wrangle the wayward cattle.

‘However other drivers took their eyes off the roadway and hands off the wheel to capture photos or video.

‘Several even stopped in the middle of the interstate with cameras out and collisions were only avoided thanks to those drivers who stayed focused.

‘To those alert drivers – thank you.’ 

Source: dailymail

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