Update: As of 6 a.m. Thursday, five cows remain missing. About 20 cows have been corralled and returned.
Spring Township police spent part of Wednesday trying to return a group of cows to a local farm, and caution drivers that 12 are still on the loose.
Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, about 25 dairy cows broke free from a Blackhawk Road farm fence, Spring Township police Chief Michael Danneker said.
Twelve cows meandered toward the Pleasant Gap Elementary School, which is about three miles away from the farm, but were eventually corralled after about 30 minutes with large pieces of “farm fence” and were placed into two trailers.
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The dozen cows were returned to the farm, along with another that was found along the way. About 12 other cows are still on the loose, according to Danneker.
He also said it’s not unusual for a few cows to break free periodically, but it was unique to have about 25 cows on the loose at the same time.
“We just ask people to be vigilant and careful. Traveling motorists need to be aware and alert,” Danneker said. “Obviously, we don’t want anybody to hit a cow. That’d be catastrophic to a vehicle and a person. Use caution in the area until we find the other 12.”
Residents are asked to call the non-emergency communications center at 800-479-0050 to report the location of any missing cows so they can be returned.