Bull fatally shot trying to escape Philly

And he made it to the Vine Street Expressway.

Cow, running

Beef on the hoof on the Vine Street Expressway.

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A bull roamed the city for a time Tuesday afternoon before being killed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Apparently the four-legged farm animal made its way onto I-95 and the Vine Street Expressway this afternoon. Philly.com reports the bull was being unloaded at a slaughterhouse at Girard Avenue and Hancock Street in Fishtown when it made its escape.

No, really. Here’s the video:

Apparently the animal was lassoed — yup, thanks KYW — on 8th and Vine.

And apparently, the steaks… er, stakes… got pretty high. The Pennsylvania Game Commission fired twice, and the animal went down. According to the Inquirer, the conservation officer used a 12-gauge shotgun.

A spokesperson for the Game Commission said the officer, Jerry Czech, was acting under the direction of the Philadelphia Police Department when he shot the animal. They worried the bull could run back into the streets and cause an accident.

“It was simply an emergency situation where they were concerned about public safety,” said the spokesperson, Cheryl Trewella.


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Chris Krewson is the executive director of LION Publishers, a national nonprofit association that serves local journalism entrepreneurs build sustainable news organizations, and the founding editor of Billy Penn. He lives in Havertown.