A cow has died after it was hit by a car this morning.
The collision happened close to the Bear Inn on Rodborough Common, near Stroud.
Hundreds of cattle roam the unfenced Minchinhampton and Rodborough commons between May and November, and most years some are killed in collisions with vehicles.
This is the first cow killed this season since Marking Day in May when the animals are put out to graze, Hayward for the commons, Mark Dawkins confirmed.
“It happened between The Bear and Tom Long’s Post,” said Mr Dawkins.
“The car was badly damaged at the front and sadly as the nights draw in we expect to see more of these incidents.”
He said a Vauxhall Meriva hit the cow and killed it outright – he was called at 2.20am today.
Eyewitnesses said the incident was distressing for all involved.
As well as the cattle, five horses and a donkey called Alfie roam the ancient grassland which is run by the national trust.
Speed bumps, lighting and lower speed limits have been considered and are difficult, if not impossible, to bring in.
Reflective cow collars have been tried but most broke and fell off.
Seven cows died in 2016, six cattle died in 2015, 12 in 2013 and nine in 2012. In 2008, it was more than half a dozen and up to 2007 it was fewer than half a dozen.
A low of three cow deaths was recorded in 2004 and in 2003 six cows and two ponies were killed.
In 2002, a total of 16 animals were killed including eight cows, two horses and six deer.
In 1997, 250 cattle, 17 horses and 12 calves were released on to Minchinhampton Common and a further 190 were turned out on Rodborough Common.
In that year five cows and a foal were killed in collisions.
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