Escaped bull briefly shuts down Long Island highway, still on the loose: police

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Bull on the loose on LI

A bull running wild on a Long Island highway brought traffic to a halt. (Suffolk County PD/PIX11 Keith Lopez)

SHIRLEY, L.I. — A bull running wild on a Long Island highway briefly brought traffic to a halt Tuesday morning, authorities said.

According to the Suffolk County Police, a portion of the Sunrise Highway, near Exit 58, was closed in both directions just after 10 a.m. while officers tried to catch the bull.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, the bull was still on the loose.

Police had received reports two hours prior about the 1,500-pound bull running loose in the neighborhoods of Mastic and Shirley.

The bull had escaped from a farm in Manorville after breaking through a fence, police said.

A code red alert was issued to area residents advising caution if the bull was spotted. 

Residents have been urged to call 911 if they spot the animal.

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