Cow running loose in St. Paul shot by police

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A cow running loose in St. Paul, Minn. was tracked by police and eventually shot by officers along the railroad tracks early Friday afternoon. Prior to the shooting, the cow was rammed by a squad car and appeared to be injured.

The cow escaped from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at about 11:45 a.m. before it was cornered near the railroad tracks off Snelling Avenue and Energy Park Drive around 12:30 p.m. Police said they had trouble tranquilizing the cow, so they made the decision to shoot it.

The owner of the cow plans to have it processed and donate the meat to charity.