(WMC-TV) – Memphis police officers and firefighters had their hands full Wednesday morning as they tried to roundup a herd of loose cattle.
The cattle ended up in a field dangerously close to Interstate 40 and Jackson Avenue.
Police Sergeant Alyssa Macon-Moore said as soon as the cattle appeared in the field, people began calling the police department's non-emergency number to report them.
"We received calls sometimes like this where maybe deer may have run out on the roadway but this is new having cows near the interstate, so, yes it's definitely created a concern," said Sgt. Alyssa Macon-Moore.
There were some tense moments as officers arrived on the scene to make sure that the cattle did not get on the interstate.
At first, officers did not know who the animals belonged to. After several phone calls and some good police work, officers found the owner.
"Yes actually the officers did locate the owner and the cows are now contained," said Sgt. Macon-Moore.
After several hours of wandering, the cattle are now back with their owner.
Police are still not sure what prompted the animals to make their way to the expressway.