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Cows run loose in Cherokee Park after wreck near I-64

Police officers and Parks and Recreation Department workers herded the cattle off of the golf course and into a truck on Oct. 21, 2022.
Police officers and Parks and Recreation Department workers herded the cattle off of the golf course and into a truck on Oct. 21, 2022.

An a-moo-sing situation unfolded in Louisville’s Cherokee Park on Friday as residents out for a morning stroll or round of golf encountered about a dozen cows parading around the urban green space.

According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, the animals were being transported in a cattle truck near Interstate 64 when it collided with another vehicle. The driver of the cattle truck pulled into a small parking lot along Grinstead Drive, across the street from one of Louisville’s premier steakhouses, Le Moo.


When workers attempted to herd the cattle into a different truck, utter chaos ensued. Police say a handful of cows made their way onto the Cherokee Golf Course. Videos posted to social media show some cattle ended up near Baringer Hill, where two started headbutting each other. A video taken by WLKY showed a person attempting to sink a shot while cows encircled the putting green.

A WFPL News reporter witnessed police and Parks and Recreation Department workers herd six cows down a hill on the golf course and load them onto a truck around 11:30 a.m. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the park was disrupted as officials blocked off some roadways on the Scenic Loop.

As of Friday afternoon, officials said four cattle remained in the park after moving deeper into the woods. Police and animal control had set up a staging area where they were trying to lure the cows in with dog food while other workers searched the park.

District 8 Metro Council Member Cassie Chambers Armstrong, a Democrat who represents the Highlands, said it was safe for residents to return to the park, but said they should call 911 if they spot a cow. She said the cattle are young and are likely to be more scared than aggressive.

The biggest danger, Chambers Armstrong said, was if one of the cows managed to leave the park and enter one of the surrounding roadways.

This story was updated.

Roberto Roldan is the City Politics and Government Reporter for WFPL. Email Roberto at rroldan@lpm.org.

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