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Forum staff reports, Published May 14 2013

VIDEO: Bull on the loose captured in West Fargo

WEST FARGO – Brayden Berg, 11, was inside his home at 509 2nd Ave. NW on Tuesday afternoon when he looked outside and saw a bull standing in his family’s flower bed.

Berg called his parents at work, who told him to stay inside and get the camera.

No injuries were reported, but the loose bull caused a stir for nearly three hours Tuesday as it toured numerous backyards in West Fargo before being downed by a tranquilizer.

The Black Angus bull had gotten free as his owner was unloading it at the stockyard at the corner of Ninth Street Northwest and Arena Road, said Bryan Johnson, an employee of Central Livestock.

Johnson said the yearling, which means the bull was between 1 and 2 years old, got past a gate man around 2 p.m. and took off on a stroll through the neighborhood near the cattle sales barn.

Samantha Anderson was inside her home on First Avenue Northwest when she went outside to see why dogs were barking.

Anderson said the bull headed west from her street toward the nearby frontage road, which is just off the busy Main Avenue. The bull then returned to Second Avenue, where he made his way into the Berg yard.

“He’s been here a good couple of hours,” Anderson said.

Just before 5 p.m., a veterinarian was able to tranquilize the bull outside Berg’s home. The bull wandered around the corner and lay down near another home before Central Livestock employees roped the bull and led it into a trailer with help from West Fargo police officers.

Johnson said the roughly 800-pound bull will be returned to its owner and was not harmed.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530