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After 2 Huntsville escapes, Half Moon the rodeo bull finally heads home

The sheriff's office said the bull, named Half Moon, escaped his holding area on Feb. 22 during a rodeo at the Alabama A&M Agribition Center.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 1:46 PM
Updated: Mar 8, 2019 7:48 AM

According to Lt. Donny Shaw with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Half Moon has been recaptured and is back in his owner's cattle trailer. He was recovered in the area of Meridianville Bottom Road near the Huntsville Madison County Executive Airport, Shaw says.

Half Moon's owner says their farm is in Harvest. After the bull was caught, the owner got a call from the Madison County Sheriff's Office. 

Half Moon in his trailer. Photo by Donny Shaw

The pasture on Robert Strong Road where Half Moon had mixed in with a farmer's cows.

Over the nearly two-week search, they've exhausted 14 horses, the owner says. The distance from the bull's escape point to his recapture point is about 5 miles. The owner says Half Moon is in good shape and is uninjured.


4:41 p.m.

According to Lt. Donny Shaw, Madison County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Half Moon is loose again. People are now searching for him on horseback.

He tweeted: "Half Moon had mixed in with a farmer's cows on Robert Strong Road. He slipped out of that farmer’s sight prior to the owner arriving. He has left tracks leading away and his owner is actively tracking him at the moment. The sheriff's office is not involved in the search."

WAAY 31 spoke with Bill Strong, the farmer of the pasture where Half Moon slipped out of sight again. He said the bull had been there for three days, and he thought it was one of his neighbors' bulls that had wandered into the pasture.

Strong said it wasn't until he turned on the TV that he realized Half Moon was a rodeo bull. He said that wasn't the only giveaway.

When Strong got close enough to Half Moon, he noticed the tips of his horns were cut off, which made him wonder if it was a rodeo bull.

According to Strong, the pasture is located about three miles from where Half Moon escaped two weeks ago. He said he's not surprised the bull has been wandering around for so long.

"I done heard of cows wandering around that long. I know people go to Selma and buy them, and they're not used to the area. They take off and wander around two or three weeks, sometimes before people find them," Strong said.

Strong said bulls can be dangerous, so if you see Half Moon, don't approach him.


From earlier:

Half Moon has been located about three miles north of where he escaped his holding area, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Donny Shaw, sheriff's office spokesman, said Half Moon, a 1,400-pound rodeo bull, is "safe and secure" in a pasture and that his owner is en route to pick him up.


From Wednesday:

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is telling people not to approach a 1,400-pound rodeo bull currently on the loose.

The office says it is in the area of Moores Mill Road from Winchester to Hwy. 72 East and Chase to Meridian to Wholesale in the wooded areas of these locations.

The sheriff's office said the bull, named Half Moon, escaped his holding area on Feb. 22 during a rodeo at the Alabama A&M Agribition Center. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search by using a helicopter but was not able to locate the bull.

Half Moon is brindle in color with a half-white face.

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