Bull that rampaged through Dakota County fair is put down

  • Article by: Pat Pheifer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 8, 2013 - 12:05 PM

Bull-riding company said of fair incident: “The bull did nothing wrong. It was a freak accident.”

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tiamareeAug. 8, 13 1:35 PM

Bulls are not meant to be ridden for human's entertainment. I'm glad to hear those who were injured are recovering. This could have been so much worse.

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mustangphilAug. 8, 13 2:37 PM

Does anyone else feel this is being handled a little too lightly? If two shots are fired in the middle of a chaotic scene with literally a few thousand people within a city block and neither one hit the bull..... Where did the shots go? If the shots came from any private citizen's gun for the same reason they would probably have been investigated by now and possibly be facing charges. I was in the area with my family and the 20-25 police officers from different agencies that were there were not communicating effectively with each other and hence some police officers were sending people in the direction of the bull and causing more panic.

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bizsmithAug. 8, 13 2:37 PM

Canterbury bull run still on?

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minneg56Aug. 8, 13 2:39 PM

I'd guess this oh so close to home incident doesn't bode well for the local proposed Canturbury Park 'running of the bulls' ... ?

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janelle3Aug. 8, 13 3:02 PM

When I first started to read this, my thoughts were "get someone on horseback to lasso it". That's eventually what they did. The rancher is right. Using ATVs probably spooked it even more. If they bring bullriding back next year, they need more ropers on horseback near the unloading area. They also need a taller and stronger fence. The bull should've never gotten into the food court.

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jwankenobeAug. 8, 13 3:34 PM

I had the same thought when I read this story. Where did the bullets go? I was at the fair last night. The different agencies were not communicating well with each other at all. I realize it was a panic situation but communication and how you handle the public is key. The majority of the police would tell you you had to stay put and yell at you, but wouldn't tell you why. I also think they need to review their disaster recovery plan for Dakota County Fairgrounds. They should have been able to direct traffic South and East out of the fairground to the Highway 3 exit, but I heard Dakota County Sheriffs say they didn't know if there was a South exit. There is. If there had been a tornado and they had to quickly evacuate last night there would have been more chaos and confusion than there was last night. The rodeo company is correct. The ATV's freaked the bull. The last thing you do to corral a loose animal is chase it, especially on a moterized vehicle. I'm am very happy and relieved to know that no one was critically injured. Out of respect for them, please everyone learn just a little something from this.

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ruffriderAug. 8, 13 3:46 PM

My wife and I were there and watched the whole thing unfold. The bull got out just before the barrel racing started and ran around the enclosed area for 10 minutes before getting out. RICE staff had plenty of opportunities to rope the bull while it was still in the rodeo area....probably 10 minutes....many times when the bull was standing still. I saw at least 12 bad rope tosses that a roper with more experience would not have missed. After the bull was captured, the racing resumed for three riders until "intermission" was called and all spectators were locked inside the arena. It was amateur hour all night!

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kohoutekAug. 8, 13 3:59 PM

Poor thing.

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mustangphilAug. 8, 13 4:10 PM

Jwakenobe - I completely forgot about the south exit. That makes this situation and how it was handled even more depressing. I was parked in the area where the bull ran near one of the north exits. We couldn't leave because of our proximity to the medevac helicopter. The sheriff's deputies started treating the gravel portion of the exit as a "crime scene" because there were hoof marks on it from the bull and wouldn't let anyone out that way. Because of this they started directing traffic through the other asphalted exit. The irony was that there were hoof marks leading to that exit as well and they were letting vehicles drive over it. They could have let people out the south exit more easily thus preserving their "crime scene" and leading to less panic. I truly hope they can get past the blame game on this one and come together and ask each other what can be done differently. Given the statements by the bull-riding company and the sheriff's department it doesn't sound like that will happen. Unfortunate.

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vampress_meAug. 8, 13 4:22 PM

My only question - 2 shots at a 1200 lb animal that didn't hit the animal while it was supposedly "on top of the deputy" - how do you miss and where did the bullets go? They're lucky no person was hit by the reckless shots.

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