600-pound escaped bull fatally shot by police chief

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) -- A 600-pound bull on its way to the butcher escaped its trailer and led authorities in Maine on a 1 1/2-hour chase before it was fatally shot by the police chief, who said it posed a threat to onlookers.

The bull broke loose from its trailer around 4:30 p.m. Monday in Skowhegan. The bull ran around a few buildings before jumping in the Kennebec River.

Skowhegan Police Chief David Bucknam says authorities tried to catch the bull by luring it with a steer, but were unsuccessful.

He says he shot the bull when it climbed a riverbank and started acting aggressively toward a group of 50 people who were watching.

The dead bull slid back into the river and floated downstream.

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