Escaped calf wrangled after days on the loose in Maine city

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An escaped calf was safely wrangled in Maine after wandering the streets of a city for several days and narrowly evading capture at a department store.

Residents of Belfast said the calf escaped from a vehicle parked outside the Tractor Supply store in the city last week, and it was nearly recaptured Sunday when it turned up behind the Renys department store.

Renys employee Beth Young was among those caught on video attempting to wrangle the young bovine outside the store.

“It went back into the woods,” she told the Bangor Daily News. “We were hoping we could catch it. It was spooked, big time. You could tell it was really scared, I think because of the traffic and everybody chasing it.”

The Belfast Police Department confirmed Tuesday that the calf later was captured by a member of the public.

“My understanding is that somebody has it in a pen,” Deputy Chief Dean Jackson said. “I’m just glad it didn’t get hit. It was running around in different spots throughout the town for a few days. It let you get just so close and then it took off. We couldn’t get close to it. We tried.”

Jackson said the calf’s owner, who lives in Washington County, has been notified of the animal’s capture.