Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A cow that was on the loose in a Massachusetts town for more than six months was finally lured into a trailer and will receive a new home at a sanctuary.
Dartmouth Animal Control said the black cow escaped from a farm in Westport last June and repeatedly evaded capture by fleeing into wooded areas.
"Unless we get people calling us and letting us know where this cow is going, I really can't do anything," Animal Control officer Sandra Gosselin told the Dartmouth Week in June. "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack."
Local resident Cara Xavier said the cow spent many of the ensuing months wandering on her property, which is set back in a wooded area.
"My house is set way back in the woods, and the only other house back here is my sister's," Xavier told South Coast Today. "My 21-month-old would look out the window for it and my sister's 3 1/2-year-old twins would also look for it."
Animal Control said the Westport farmer relinquished his rights to the cow and has since moved away from the area.
The cow was captured in a trailer at the end of a month-long operation.
"After a month long project to try and capture the cow, it was finally lured into a trailer that they have placed on my property," Xavier said. "It was quite the endeavor that involved cameras and trap doors and many nighttime stakeouts from the Dartmouth Animal Control."
Animal Control said the cow will stay at a Dartmouth farm temporarily before moving to a permanent home at an animal sanctuary.