MASTIC, NY – Sonia Dejesus and her fiance were in her truck and had just returned from a morning Joe at 7-Eleven on Tuesday morning, when they saw what appeared to be a bull stopped in front of the driveway of a Montgomery house Avenue in Mastic, and then he started coming towards them.
But the animal left the dead end and walked down the street towards Montauk Highway.
“It was pretty scary,” said DeJesus, who managed to take a photo of the animal during the sighting at around 8:30 am.
Not to mention a rather surprising sight to see when coming back from a morning coffee.
“I’ve seen wild turkeys and deer, but I’ve never seen anything like it before,” she said. “It was crazy.”
DeJesus left shortly after and said his fiancé told him the police had come, but he wasn’t sure they took the animal.
Police could not confirm the animal was captured. They always advise residents not to approach the animal if they see it and to call 911 immediately.
DeJesus said she was told the animal may have belonged to a neighbor, but she “couldn’t imagine anyone having enough room” for it.
Montgomery Avenue, however, is located across the upper reaches of the Forge River where there are several farms along Barnes Road.
“It’s a bit of a walk without anyone noticing it,” DeJesus said.
A police spokeswoman said they did not know where he came from.
An alert was sent to residents at around 10:19 a.m. informing them that if they lived near Montgomery Avenue and Dean Street in Mastic, they should stay inside the house. Police had to close the eastbound Sunrise Freeway at Exit 58 as they attempted to argue over the animal, and it was reopened after about 20 minutes without success.
Brookhaven City Councilor Dan Panico took to Facebook immediately after receiving the alert, saying he had just passed through Montgomery Avenue after the alert went off.
“I didn’t see the ‘wild bull running free’, but [I ] spoke to neighbors in Montgomery who saw the bull running down the road towards Sunrise, then a man running through the woods asking if they had seen a bull, “he wrote.
“When asked who owned the bull, according to those with whom I spoke, the man replied: ‘the butcher’, which begs the question, which butcher since there is no butcher near here? “
“Every day when you wake up you never know what the day will bring you,” he added.
At 10:34 a.m., the animal was last seen on Lafayette Avenue in Mastic, a police spokesperson said.
At around 11:30 a.m., the rescue group, Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, reported that members were working with police to secure the animal, so it could be placed in a sanctuary.
The group told Facebook followers they were on the spot looking for the bull with Jaeger’s Run Animal Rescue Inc., who “has a tranquilizer gun ready to secure it.” Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue are also on their way and will likely give him a home, according to the post.
They advised anyone who might see the animal to stay calm and call them at 516-592-3722, if they see it.
DeJesus said she hopes residents “stay safe” and stay indoors until police announce they have captured the animal.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.