BOX ELDER, S.D. – The Meade County Sheriff’s Office says a bull had to be put down after it escaped and attacked a man Thursday.
Authorities say the incident occurred just before 11:00 a.m. when the sheriff’s office responded to a call regarding a bull that had escaped its enclosure on Iron Drive, just north of Box Elder. The bull was causing damage to property in the vicinity and had seriously injured a male who sought refuge in a nearby residence.
Upon arrival at the scene, MCSO deputies encountered a dire situation as the bull had already attacked a parked vehicle and then attacked the deputy’s pickup truck. It was evident the injured person’s safety and well-being were in jeopardy, and it was impossible for medical staff to reach the injured party for assessment and treatment.
The owner of the bull was present and, recognizing the imminent threat to public safety and the injured individual, concurred that the bull needed to be euthanized as there were no available resources to safely contain the agitated animal.
Once it was determined to be safe, a Deputy discharged two rounds from his patrol rifle, humanely ending the bull’s threat. With the bull neutralized, medical personnel were able to access the injured person, who was subsequently transported by Life Flight helicopter to Monument Hospital for medical treatment.
The MCSO wishes to express its deep regret over the unfortunate incident involving the bull. Our utmost priority was ensuring the safety and well-being of the injured individual and the responding deputies. The decision to dispatch the bull was not taken lightly, and it was made in the best interest of public safety.
The owner of the bull, as well as the concerned neighbors in the area, fully comprehend the necessity of the action taken and are cooperating to ensure that all necessary measures are being implemented to address the situation appropriately.