CORINTH — A state police trooper shot and killed a wayward cow last month after several agencies tried to corral the beast.

Trooper Brian Bean said the animal was chased for three days after it escaped from a trailer at a livestock auction in Corinth, where it was to be sold.

The cow became a nuisance for property owners and was nearly struck by drivers numerous times, said Bean.

“It was a big animal,” he said. “It could have caused significant damage if someone had hit it with their car.”

State troopers, Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies, wardens from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, civilian volunteers and a local animal control officer tried to catch it.

At the request of the animal’s owner, Bean shot and killed the cow in a field on Hudson Road in Corinth about 9:30 p.m. on June 26.