Well, maybe not just the bull, but let me just say bawling cows woke me up about 2 a.m. (and the windows were shut). I realized Dan was not in bed so thought maybe he was watching a western in the living room (he has difficulty sleeping sometimes). I asked him if he had a western on and he said “Well, GEEZ!!! I’ve got this turned down so low that I have to read lips! No, I’m not watching a western!”
I explained to him that I heard cows bawling. I opened the window to make sure it wasn’t my imagination and yep, there were cows bawling. I “yelled” out to Dan about it and I said if it was just ONE cow, I would think maybe that cow was having a difficult delivery, but there were at least 10 different bawls I was hearing…and it went on, and on.
I felt in my heart that there was either wolves or a bear causing these cows distress, and I truly felt they were Ike McTiver’s herd (which is south of us about 2 miles along M-123 and I'm guessing there are about 30 cows with calves and one bull). BUT I could not be sure that there wasn’t someone else between here and there with cows. However, Dan and I have never seen any cattle other than in Ike’s summer field. I debated about whether to call Ike or not. There are a lot of neighbors to that area who are MUCH closer than we are. And Ike lives down the CR west of the field about a mile. I figured if those cows woke ME up that if something was wrong, someone closer would have alerted Ike or even he would have heard them.
I finally had to put my extra pillow over my ears to try to ignore the bawling because I just could not get the picture out of my mind of wolves worrying the cows and going after calves. There have been problems with wolves and livestock in the Engadine area for years and we have seen wolves in OUR area.
In the fall, when Ike runs the cows and calves back to his farm (down the road) he separates the calves from their mom's once he gets them to the other farm. Now, THERE IS A LOT OF BAWLING GOING ON FOR ABOUT 4 NIGHTS when this happens. THAT doesn't worry me because it is just something that has to be done. But THIS worries me. If I find out anything, I will let you know.
3 weeks ago