Attempts to nab the wooly wonder failing


Editor’s note: The following information can be taken with a grain of salt, knowing much of the information has come from a page on Facebook with the heading “Almont Township.” We’ve attempted to contact
police to verify some of the information. We thank two Almont area residents for being in touch with us regarding the sheep escapades.

ALMONT TWP. — It’s not often a community has a “BOL” (Be on the Lookout) bulletin for a loose sheep.

But, for folks in the Almont area, that was the case last week as several residents tried their luck at wrangling the fluffy wayward sheep.

The elusive sheep that has been running free in the Almont area seemingly posed for this photo while looking for nourishment and shelter from the arctic air that was locked in for several days last week. Residents have been able to get the sheep some hay to eat.

Residents first reported the appearance of the wandering sheep early last week, as it was spotted in several backyards of local residents.

Sporting a thick coat of wool, the sheep seemed to be unfazed by bone-chilling, sub-zero temperatures last week as it continued its journey across the township.

Several people attempted to get close enough to capture the wooly creature, but weren’t fast enough to be successful.

The critter has been spotted in the area of Glover and Almont Roads. Reportedly, she had taken refuge in a hut/fort type of shelter.

During the attempted capture, Facebook followers from the area shared several ideas, including coaxing with feed and, if captured, taking it to a rescue farm.

No one has stepped forward to claim ownership of the wayward sheep who managed to find various food and drinking sources during its days of freedom.

One area resident offered to give it a good retirement home, if captured, while several others were concerned about the sheep roaming in and out of traffic and being exposed to the arctic blast from last week.

One resident wrote, “With the permission from Lapeer County Animal Control and the Almont Police Department, I have secured a darter and tranquilizer to dart the sheep. Animal Control is unclear who actually owns the sheep (conflicting answers from suspected owner) and has deemed it a traffic hazard since it has already caused problems.”

The writer went on to say, “If anyone has their eyes on it, do not approach it and do not try to feed it. At this point, she’s scared and feral…she’s not interested in food. I need no further than a 40-yard shot, so she needs to be fairly close.”

Residents were told they could attempt to bait her in an effort to get close enough to tranquilize.

Some felt the sheep was fine and was in no danger while roaming, other than dogs and coyotes scouring the area for food sources in the cold weather.

An experienced livestock person said, “Sheep are not the smartest species. I’m trying to get a tranquilizer set up and hopefully I can dart her in the next few days.”

Two attempts were made to tranquilize the sheep over the weekend and both were unsuccessful. In the first attempt, it was reported the dart just bounced off the thick wool covering of the elusive sheep.

If “Blew By Ewe” is eventually nabbed, Seeded Faith Farm Rescue in Almont has offered to take the animal in.