2017-10-05 / Local News

Reports of at-large animals; one accident

Farm animals took to county roads in the past week and in one case resulted in a motor vehicle crash yesterday morning.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office investigated a traffic crash on South West Bay Shore Drive, south of Richter Road.

Upon arrival deputies located the two vehicles involved and the drivers indicated a loose horse was in the area.

According to police reports a 1999 Ford pickup driven by a 27-year-old Lake Leelanau man, was southbound on M-22 when he came upon a brown horse in the roadway.

The driver stated he swerved to miss the horse, crossing the center line striking a northbound 2008 Mazda, driven by a 63-year-old woman from Suttons Bay.

Both vehicles received functional damage but neither driver was injured. The horse, which was also not injured, was located approximately 1/2 mile south of the accident site and returned to its owner on South Richter Road.

The county’s animal control officer will be looking into the animal at large causing this accident.

Elsewhere this week, county dispatch received a call shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 from Hohnke & Sons Farm, reporting that a 2,000- pound longhorn steer at large near the intersection of Hohnke Road and South Good Harbor Trail in Centerville Township.

The caller reported seeing the steer in the orchard and expressed concern about it going into the road. But before the steer could be retrieved, it went further into the woods.

It’s owner, who recently moved into the neighborhood from Texas, went on to capture the steer without incident.

“It wasn’t out too long,” animal control officer Wayne Kalchik said.

However, before the steer returned home it was captured on a nearby hunter’s trail camera.

Another call came in Monday night, reporting two bulls at large near Erdt Road.

These were also retrieved by the owner.

Kalchik explained at this time of year cattle are able to break out of their fencing after it’s been compromised by deer. Younger calves are also able to slip under the top rung of fencing.

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