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Deputy ropes bull on rampage

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

ODEN RIDGE — Chief sheriff’s deputy Mike Corley said he was glad to save a farmer’s bull from being shot Sunday, but he wished he hadn’t missed church while roping the rampaging beast.

The bull’s owner, Mickey Randall, was in Florida when the bull tore through a fence and caused havoc in the neighborhood shortly after 8 a.m., Corley said.

Corley said 75-year-old Willie Morris saw the 850-pound bull in his yard at 1665 Six Mile Creek Road and tried to shoo him.

“He was just going to run him out of his yard, but when he went out there, the bull didn’t run,” Corley said. “The bull ran him down and trampled him.”

Emergency medical technicians treated Morris at the scene, but he refused further treatment.

“I’m sure he’s so sore he can’t walk today,” Corley said.

“(the bull) got into a shed and tore some things up and butted various vehicles. Any person who tried to herd him in a certain direction, he would charge at them. At one point, they thought he was going to jump up on a porch,” Corley said.

After the bull had spent an hour on the loose, deputies prepared to put it down. Corley was getting ready to go to church.

“They couldn’t do anything to get control of him, so the deputy called me to let me know that they may have to shoot this bull,” he said.

“I told them unless he was definite threat to stay clear of him and watch the traffic and wait for me to get up there and see what I could work out. One thing the sheriff emphasizes is help people if we can, and I’d hate for someone to lose a $500 or $600 bull,” said Corley, who raises cattle himself.

Corley arrived to see one man on a tractor trying to herd the bull and another man holding a gate open for it. The bull gave both men a hard time, Corley said.

“When I got up there, he was fighting that tractor and he was ready to whoop anything,” Corley said. “He would fight the tractor and then he would turn around and charge the man holding the gate.”

Corley roped the bull with a lariat and tied the rope to the back of a log truck, he said. He then roped him with a second lariat and tied it to the other side of the truck.

“We got him tied up real close to where we could choke him somewhat and get him to stop fighting and struggling, but he was rearing up on those ropes and getting up on the back of the truck,” Corley said.

Corley said he used another rope to pull the bull’s legs from under him.

“We got him down on his side and gave him enough slack to where it wouldn’t restrict his breathing. ... A neighbor brought a cattle trailer. We knew we had to get him somewhere and get him some water and let the owner decide (what to do with him).”

Corley said they put the bull in the trailer and parked it in the shade.

At Randall’s request, neighbors Monday took the bull to a holding pen at a stockyard, Corley said.

“I was just thankful that we could save Mickey’s bull and didn’t have to shoot him,” Corley said. “I just hate that it made me miss church.

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