Owner unhappy after killing of runaway Littleton bull

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Owner unhappy after killing of runaway Littleton bull

Police and the owner of an escaped bull had to put the animal down Sunday when it endangered traffic.

A bull that escaped from a livestock auction and was on the run for several days in MA has died. In days since, the animal that weighs more than a ton was spotted in Groton and Ayer. Each time, police said it evaded capture.

The bull was spotted for the final time around 5:30 p.m.in the middle of the Great Road in Littleton, the same place he was nearly hit the night before by a driver. When police arrived it had moved off the street, and officials contacted the animal's owner, Terry Den Besten.

At this time, police said the sergeant shot the bull out of concern for the safety of drivers. When the animal began to roam back toward Great Road, however, the sergeant fired two shots at the bull.

"Out of concern for public safety, the owner made the hard decision to put down the bull", police said in a statement.

Police Chief Matthew King said the decision to shoot and kill the bull "did not come lightly".

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