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Bulls take a trailer break, walk home

RONAN — It was a crime of opportunity, and the “criminals” were dressed in black. 

The back door on Dave Robbins’ stock trailer sprung open just as he stopped at the traffic signal on Main Street and Terrace Lake Road in Ronan, and the six black angus bulls Robbins was hauling hopped out. 

Cows and bulls on the road are pretty common in Montana, Wyoming and other western states, so motorists kept an eye on the livestock, and they were not a traffic issue. 

These bulls sensibly brushed up over by the canal while Robbins put in a call to his friend Lonnie Metzger to come help gather the bulls. 

Metzger and a cowboy friend were all saddled up to go do a different job so the call came at a fortuitous time. Metzger said it was not the latch that was sprung on the trailer, so he didn’t know what the bulls had been doing. 

Ronan Police Chief Ken Weaver said no tickets were issued.

“It was an unsecured door, and the bulls said, ‘Hey, it’s time to go,’” Weaver said.

Montana Highway Patrol troopers, Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Tribal Law Enforcement Officer joined the Ronan officers pulling their cruisers into driveways as the cowboys moved the bulls up Terrace Lake Road to their pasture destination.

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