Shooter says he mistook cow for coyote
COLFAX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A man says he shot and killed a
neighbor's cow after mistaking it for a coyote.
Authorities and the owner are skeptical.
The undersheriff in northern Michigan's Benzie County says he
doesn't see how anyone could confuse a 1,400-pound, pregnant cow with
a coyote, which typically weighs 20 to 45 pounds.
And anyway, shooting coyotes is illegal during deer-shooting
Authorities asked the county prosecutor to bring charges.
The 42-year-old man told authorities he was out to shoot coyotes
near his home Saturday when he killed the cow, Undersheriff Rory
Heckman said the man then tried to drag the cow home.
"The part of his story he his holding to is he shot at a coyote. I
don't know how he hit a several-thousand-pound cow mistaking it for a
The cow, named Hannah, had wandered away from her farm.
"My husband thought that he should go through some therapy looking
at repeated pictures of cows and coyotes, because they look nothing
said owner DeAnn Mosher. "It didn't make any sense to me."
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