Curious cows enjoy night out in New Lenox
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org September 20, 2013 11:38PM
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:46AM
The cops’ work wasn’t done until the cows came home early Friday.
New Lenox Police Chief Bob Sterba said a small herd escaped Thursday evening through a broken or unclosed gate of a farm in the 600 block of North Cooper Road.
By 11 p.m., about 15 cows had moved into the Sanctuary Pointe subdivision, where residents called police, but only hoofprints remained when officers arrived, according to police.
About midnight, the cows were reported near Cedar Road and Wood Street. More were seen about 3:45 a.m. on Francis Road where they moved east, leaving a broken fence and a lot of manure.
“They got some wranglers from the farm to rustle (some cows) back into the corral without incident,” Sterba said.
About 6 a.m. Bob Schulz, golf director at Sanctuary Golf Course, was awakened by the “most unusual phone call I’ve ever had.” An employee told Schulz there was a problem, and he worried that something had flooded.
“She said, ‘No. There’s three cows on the 10th fairway,’” Schulz said.
Farmhands brought a trailer but ended up walking the three cows back across a creek to the nearby farm. Schulz said the course was not damaged.
“But they really helped with our maintenance budget as they were grazing in the rough,” he said. “I think they enjoyed it.”