Holy cow: Highway cleared after more than 200 cattle roamed I-90 in Montana
Holy cow: Highway cleared after more than 200 cattle roamed I-90 in Montana

Holy cow: Highway cleared after more than 200 cattle roamed I-90 in Montana

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A cow lies in a field Sept. 10 near Antelope Hills. The Montana Department of Transportation cleared more than 200 cattle from I-90 south of Lodge Grass Thursday morning.

The interstate is now clear south of Lodge Grass following an incident Thursday morning that left more than 200 cattle "roaming" the roadway, according to a road report from the Montana Department of Transportation. 

In an emailed road report issued shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, MDT described the livestock as "100+ cow/calf pair" located about 2 miles south and east of the Lodge Grass interchange. At that point the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office and MDT were en route. 

The incident was first reported at about 7:45 a.m. at mile marker 535. 

By 8:48 a.m. MDT reported that the cattle were no longer on the interstate.

The Montana Highway Patrol's online incident tracker showed a report of a traffic hazard in the same location on I-90 east. 

It's not unheard of for cattle to become an issue on Montana roads. In September, 103 head of cattle were rounded up by a combination of law enforcement and local residents, some on horseback, on Interstate 94 east of Hysham. 

A trailer that had been transporting the animals caught fire and they were released onto the road. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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