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Sheep Loose Again on I-215

A large sheep was dodging in and out of traffic on Interstate 215 south between Scott and Clinton Keith roads.

Updated at 4:25 p.m. Sept. 17:

A large sheep that got loose Monday from a fenced area along Interstate 215 in Murrieta was back where he belonged, according to a California Highway Patrol officer who was on scene.

Motorists on I-215 south were forced to slow down when the sheep was spotted going in and out of lanes and meandering along the right shoulder.

The siting was initially reported at about 3:11 p.m. in the southbound lanes between Scott and Clinton Keith roads in Murrieta, according to the California Highway Patrol website.

A caller reported a "300-pound black and white sheep," according to CHP.

The sheep apparently made its way out from behind a fenced area where a herd is being kept.

"There is one sheep who decided he wanted to come outside the fence and go on a tour," said CHP motorcycle Officer Randy Cooper.

About 50 minutes after the sheep was first spotted, Cooper said it was safely back within the fenced area once the sheepherder became aware of the situation.

It might not have turned out so well, he said.

"Any time anything gets in the lanes it poses a hazard to all motorists because people overreact—to something as big as a sheep or as small as a squirrel," Cooper said. "Catastrophic things can happen."

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Constant Comment September 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Check with your local market to make sure that their Haggis dip doesn't have pieces of fender in it! Baaaad! }~)
Teller of Truth September 18, 2012 at 06:35 PM
"Leave them alone....and they'll come home....wagging their tails behind them!" ~~~~~~~~~~Little Bo Peep~~~~~~~~~~

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