Today’s Lighter Side of the News: Bolting bovine brings bedlam to Red Bluff – Eventually bagged by the blue

In “Today’s Lighter Side of the News”

RED BLUFF, Calif. — Authorities in Red Bluff were left with the backbreaking burden of rounding up a bull-headed calf that breached its bounds and made a run for the border Wednesday morning, June 2nd.

The bolting bovine caused quite a brouhaha as it hoofed its way through town, before it was eventually bagged by responding officials who barely managed to bully the balking calf into a trailer brought to the scene by a concerned burgher who wanted to help.


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“Bovine on the run!”, Red Bluff PD later wrote in a tongue-in-cheek social media post after the little black calf’s big adventure.

“We had a loose calf this afternoon in the area of Breckenridge Street and Johnson Street,” they explained.

Red Bluff PD Officer Benton and local bronc-buster Kasy Baker take a few moments to catch their breath after managing to box in and bully a black calf into custody after it broke free of its boundaries before causing a bit of a ballyhoo yesterday morning. Red Bluff Police Department photos

City of Red Bluff Police Officer Benton, along with Community Service Officers and Animal Control officials, were beckoned to the residential block after being briefed regarding the loose black Beefmaker.

Responding officials soon eyeballed the not-so-bitsy calf, and set about deciding how best to bag the bantamweight brawler. After several botched bids at battling the bold bovid into submission it still wouldn’t budge or allow itself to be boxed in, at which time the bewildered officials at the scene begged for back-up.

Knowing the busy badges could benefit from a livestock trailer, local resident Kasy Baker answered the call for help and bustled to the scene to assist.

Working together, with help from animal control and other police officers, the bronc-busting Benton and Baker boys soon got the better of the calf and bullied it into a back alleyway, briefly blocking its body in with their vehicles.

Although the calf refused to back down without a battle and made several attempts to bulldoze its way back to freedom, Benton and Baker were eventually able to claim bragging rights after successfully managing to steer the busted bovine into the trailer supplied by Baker.


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The belligerent baby bull was later booked into the Tehama County Animal Shelter where it was being billeted without bail while its bamboozled owner was buzzed to come down and bring it back to its abode.

Yesterday’s unscheduled rodeo was hardly the first time Red Bluff badge-carriers have had to play cowboy, including an April incident involving a couple of baaaaaad sheep that were seen grazing their way up S. Main St. near Brearcliffe Drive, before heading under a bridge next to the Chamber of Commerce building. Another incident last September involved a gigantic, grain-grubbing goat that was eventually busted near the North Valley Baptist Church.

No citizens, officials, or the calf were injured during yesterday’s lively livestock busyness.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.