Trooper herds lost sheep to safety among traffic on I-15

Posted at 4:39 PM, Dec 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-06 00:17:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY  — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper saved a sheep who made its way onto I-15 Thursday morning.

Trooper Michelle McLaughlin was on her way to a training class when she saw that traffic had slowed down due to a large sheep in the road.

She said the sheep weighed about 200 pounds, and it took a while to get the animal out of harm’s way.

“I could see him, he was running in the middle of the highway,” she said. “I think there’s about six lanes or so right where he was, so he was right in the middle of the highway. But everybody was really nice, they were hanging way back, and he was running as fast as he could. So I pulled up next to him and kind of herded him off to the left to the inside barrier wall.”

The owners of the sheep came back and were able to get the animal back into a trailer safely. It wasn’t clear how the sheep had gotten out of the trailer.

McLaughlin said this is actually the second time she’s wrestled a sheep in the street. She had a similar experience with a smaller animal several years ago.