BYRON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a bull apparently killed a Northern California rancher and then was shot dead when it threatened first responders. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the incident occurred Thursday in rural Contra Costa County.
A spokesperson for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District says a report of an unresponsive rancher lying in a field drew sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, and an animal control officer to the scene. The bull approached emergency personnel in a threatening manner and deputies shot it to protect the crews.
The county medical examiner will determine the cause of death of the rancher, whose identity was not released.