The Canadian Press</span>
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2018 10:23AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:52PM EST
CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — The search for a stubborn cow that hopped a fence at a Newfoundland farm has come to a sad end.
Coco the cow was put down when she was discovered last weekend not far the farm she bolted from in Conception Bay South, 30 kilometres west of St. John’s.
Farmer Barry Scott said veterinarians used enough tranquilizers to bring down two moose, but when those failed to control Coco’s behaviour she had to be put down.
"She was determined not to get caught. I don’t know what else we could have done," Scott said.
Scott was sad to see Coco’s story end without bringing her home to the farm.
He had hoped to bring her back over the course of the week-long search but he said he didn’t want anyone to get hurt in the process.
"She just wouldn’t co-operate at all so it meant for a harrowing time," he said.
"It never ended the way I wanted it to end but that’s all you can do about that stuff."
The 450-kilogram black cow hopped the fence a few weeks ago and appeared determined to evade capture.
Scott asked the public not to intervene during the search after a man was hurt in a tussle while trying to apprehend Coco.
Scott raised Coco from when she was a calf, and in a lifetime of farming he’d never had a cow escape before.
The farmer is taking some time to consider his options around buying a new cow or cutting his losses as he nears retirement age.
"Everything will come out in the wash after a while," he said.
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