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Northern California rancher believed killed by bull

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Jan 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-07 13:23:51-05

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.