A Rhode Island police chief on Friday warned residents that an escaped steer may pose a public safety risk.
The steer, which weighs about 1,500 pounds, escaped a farmer who had brought the animal to a meat processing facility in Johnston, Rhode Island, said Police Chief Joseph Razza.
Razza said Friday evening that the animal, which he says has been “castrated,” has been on the loose since at least Thursday.
Razza urged members of the public not to approach the steer. Authorities, including Johnson police, Providence police and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, are coordinating in an effort to catch the animal, he said.
Razza was not aware of any sightings late Friday afternoon.
“Again, this is a 1,500 pound wild animal and the public should not approach and please contact the appropriate jurisdiction if observed,” said Razza, who is aware that some in the community find the situation humorous.
“I just don’t want to see anyone get hurt,” he said. “People need to respect nature.”