The longhorn was located at 7:47 Friday night near 9223 Old Moores Chapel Road in northwest Charlotte, police reported. The bull was euthanized by a hired hunter with the owners and CMPD at the scene, officials said.
Two citations were issued according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control (ACC): level 1 restraint of animals and a level 1 nuisance.
At 7:03 p.m. Monday, ACC said they received a call from police in reference to the 900-pound bull. It was seen running down Moores Chapel, and located again at 1 a.m. Thursday nearby on Nancy Road.
Officials said that the bull escaped when trying to be removed from a pasture to an enclosed area due to severe weather. The weather spooked the bull, and the animal managed to escape.
ACC said the bull’s owner was on scene with a trailer and lasso, along with patrol officers who all tried to corral the animal.
After many unsuccessful attempts, the bull walked into a heavily wooded area. CMPD SWAT was called to the scene and used a heat-seeking drone to find the bull, but this was also unsuccessful, according to ACC.
Monday night’s search stopped around 10:45 p.m.
Officials said that ACC’s Field Operations Manager was on the scene Tuesday morning with a drone but failed to spot the bull.
CMPD and Animal Care and Control worked with the owner to find the missing bull, and ACC was investigating if the owner has a current livestock permit.
Animal Control is still investigating permits, licenses or agriculture exceptions.