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Published March 06, 2014, 02:00 PM

UPDATE: Escaped bull captured in Casselton, N.D.

A bull on the loose in Casselton forced elementary students to miss recess Thursday.

By: Forum News Service ,

CASSELTON, N.D. — On one of the nicest days of the year, Central Cass Elementary School kept its kids inside for early recess and Casselton childcares refrained from taking their kids on their morning walk.

That’s because a cow was seen wandering the streets of town, and across people’s backyards.

Kelly Everson and Nichole Bye, owners of Future Stars Daycare and Preschool in Casselton, were about to take the kids on a walk when they received a text message from a mom who is a teacher in the Central Cass School District saying there was a cow on the loose.

A short time later they spotted the cow across the street from their home-based childcare.

“All the kids were watching it,” Bye said. “They were so excited.”

“They were mooing,” Everson said. “I think they thought if they mooed it would come here.”

Chris Bastian, Central Cass Elementary School principal said the school kept the kids inside at recess for precautionary measures.

“It was never on school grounds but it was across the street,” he said, adding that the Cass County Sheriff’s Department advised the school to keep the kids inside.

The cow apparently got loose from Casselton Cold Storage, a full-service meat plant for processing beef, hogs and big game animals in Casselton, Bastian said.

Bastian said he was able to see the cow from his office window.

“I’d much rather have a cow perpetrator than anything else,” he said.

The cow has been captured according to school officials.