ELK GROVE (CBS13) – It took a cowboy riding a horse, swinging a lasso, to finally corral a cow that had been eluding authorities since early Wednesday morning.

Reports first came out about 3:15 a.m. about a black cow walking along Highway 99. Around 4:30 a.m., the cow ended up in a shopping center parking lot off of Elk Grove Boulevard.

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The cow then made its way between Stockton Boulevard and Highway 99, near the Masonic Cemetery.

Authorities made many unsuccessful attempts to corral the cow. Just after 6:30 a.m., the cow was surrounded by police – obviously scared. The cow managed to sneak by police and into the shopping center parking lot.

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“When you’re dealing with an animal that’s afraid, that’s frightened, you never know how they can react,” said Officer Chris Trim with the Elk Grove Police Department.

Around 7:30 a.m., a cowboy riding a horse managed to – finally – corral the cow, bringing an end to the situation.

“This is everyday stuff,” said J.R. Hardesty, the cowboy who managed to lasso the cow.

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It is unclear who owns the cow.