Police were called to two collisions involving cattle in the same area of Georgian Bluffs two days in a row on the weekend.
Grey Bruce OPP said in a news release Sunday evening that the owner of the animals attended both scenes and has been working to secure his cattle. As of Sunday evening it was believed that there were approximately 30 to 40 cattle still loose in the area, which is around Benallen and Copper Kettle northwest of the city.
On Sunday, Grey Bruce OPP were called to a motor vehicle collision involving a car and a cow on Concession 10 between Grey Road 17 and Gordon Sutherland Parkway.
Sunday’s collision came after police responded Saturday to a collision between a white SUV and three cattle that were hit while standing on the roadway on Grey Road 17 between Gordon Sutherland Parkway and Concession 10. The vehicle went off the roadway and struck a telephone pole, knocking down wires. The driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, was not injured, police said in the release.
OPP officers were assisted at the scene by Grey County Paramedics and the Inter Township Fire Department.
Witnesses reported finding the vehicle wrapped around a hydro pole and three dead cattle on the road just north of Benallen about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.
As Rob Hassard and his 14-year-old daughter Emma were on their way home, they encountered the scene and emergency responders began to arrive, he said in an interview Sunday morning.
Hassard said their first indication of trouble was at the intersection of Grey Road 17 and 17A, just south of Benallen. They encountered a smallish cow or a calf, he wasn’t sure, on the road.
Emma, who is an equestrian rider and barrel racer who works at nearby Glendale Farms, approached the animal to see if she could escort it off the road. It ran to a nearby driveway instead, Hassard said.
The animals don’t belong to the Cattos, who run Glendale Farms, but rather Keith Kirk, who was out rounding up his animals, his wife confirmed Sunday morning. She forwarded inquiries to her husband.
The Hassards continued on to Benallen to see if they could find any other loose cattle. They came upon the accident scene north of Benallen, before reaching the Harold Sutherland pits.
They saw two dead animals, small cows or calves, again he wasn’t sure, blocking the right lane and a third dead animal in in the oncoming lane. They also spotted four or five other live animals in the ditches and fields nearby.
Since the emergency responders were arriving, Hassard went home and left them to take charge of the scene.
Glen Catto learned of the car crash involving cattle after receiving a call from people who live on his second farm, by the crash scene. He jumped in his truck and was one of the first to arrive. It was over the supper hour, he said.
Catto understands about 90 head of cattle, feedlot steers, escaped and scattered. They were seen as far south as the old drive-in theatre area around Springmount, and northwards towards Bass Lake, he said.
Four cattle were struck and killed at the scene, he said; three on the road and one in the ditch. Another two were injured and were to be euthanized.
Catto said his daughter struck a deer by the Long Swamp a week ago and her car was a write-off, despite evasive action. He said he thinks there’s a coyote problem at the root of that crash and the loose cattle.
“We’ve had a pile of coyote problems in the last, well I’m going to say in the last six months to a year, but they’ve got worse. And so the cattle are really spooked.”
He said he thinks deer that end up on the roads are being chased by coyotes, while at the same time, traffic is moving too fast to avoid them.