Iowa Woman Dies After Being Attacked By Cow

URBANA, Iowa (AP) — A woman has died after being attacked by a cow on her farm near Urbana.

The Benton County sheriff’s office told KCRG-TV that 60-year-old Jean Fee was feeding the cows Saturday afternoon when one of them attacked her. She died at a Cedar Rapids hospital.

KGAN-TV reports deputies stood guard to keep cows from rescuers at they attended to Fee.

Fee was with her 23-month-old grandson when the attack happened, but authorities say he wasn’t hurt.

The sheriff’s office says family members haven’t had trouble with the cows before.

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  • northern minnesota

    Sad. And the young child saw his grandmother to the end. Sorry for the family involved.

  • Bob

    Assuming it was a COW and not a BULL, this is a bizzarre story. I feel sorry for the family too however it seems so odd that I think some follow up investigation is needed.

    • Cary

      Ya right, might find out the cow had rabies or it was actually a pig, Bob

    • Jen K

      It is not at all bizarre for a cow to attack a human. I’ve had it happen to me on more than one occasion in the 14 years I have been farming. While they are not as aggressive as bulls, they can and will attack a human (especially female) if they see them as a threat to their standing among the herd.

  • JamieinMN

    Very bizarre if this truly was a cow. I’ve always found them to be quite peaceful and/or afraid of everything. So sad for her grandson to have to see that :-( My condolences to the family and friends.

    • Mindy

      You are ignorant, cows are dangerous animals in packs. They are free thinkers with sandpaper tongues. I bet they would eat us if they could.

      • cowgirl

        I really hope you are being sarcastic. Cows don’t attack in packs. You make it sound like a pack of wolves or something.

      • Steven

        I own the farm across the road from Jean. At first her husband and authorities thought her death was caused by one of their cows. Following her autopsy it was determined she died from an aneurysm. She was a great neighbor.

        • djp

          Dang it Steve..took away all the chances for “Mad Cow” comments…LOL. My heart does go out for the family…hopefully the grandson will understand that a cow did NOT kill his grandma.

  • Allen

    This is not bizarre behavior at all for cows to go goofy and be more dangerious than a bull as they are much smallert and significantly faster rthan a bull. I’m a mobile butcher and get an average of four to six calls a year to butcher cows that gone crazy. I have no explanation for their behavior but are never trustworthy after they have flipped their lid I had to shoot them through holes in the barn on the run even some charging me.

  • Drunken Dissed Orderly

    I have to seriously doubt it was an “attack” per se. They may do a double-back-leg kick, but as far as an all-out attack, I just have never heard of or seen in my life. Their only attack weapon is their rear hooves and their size and weight. I think more details will emerge on this to clear it up….

    • Chuck

      Cows will attack and not only with their hooves…
      They can be very protective and they wil use their heads…
      remember that cows have horns too, only that most are cut-off or treated.
      So it would not have had to be a bull at all.

    • Cowgirl

      I’m not sure where you are coming from, but you are very misinformed about cows. Cow kick, yes, but they also butt with their heads. They can kill a person with one hit. You should do some reading up on it, maybe learn that this attack was not bizzare at all.

  • Tom

    I happened to see this news-flash when I turned on my computer. I am curious to see what comments will be generated.

    I was born and raised on a ranch and have ranched my whole life. Every day is spent around cattle and horses.

    I’m just curious as to how the non-ranch, non-farm public will react.

    • City Slicker Here

      I grew up visiting my uncle’s ranch in Colorado every year. I remeber that while the cows werent as “aggressive” as the two bulls my uncle had…you had to be very careful around the cows. Their size alone commands a certain amount of respect. And if the cows had a calf…watch out…those suckers could get kinda mean and ornry!!

      I was always afraid of those cows to a greater or lesser degree….just never “trusted” them.

  • markH

    Animals (even domesticated and typically docile animals) are unpredictable and every caution should be exercised around them. It’s unfortunate that this happened and highly unusual, but it simply proves my claim. Peace.

  • victoria

    Animals are unpredictable. I do not trust any fully grown animal especially those bigger that me; it’s like the streets you can’t let your guard down, It’s sad she was only feeding them when she was attacked.My sympathy to the family.

  • Beth

    Cows can and will attack, particularly if they have a calf around and feel threatened by something. My prayers are with her family.

  • Patrick

    First off, I’m very sorry to hear. My condolences.

    Moving on I just have to say, nice evil faceless stock photo a cow guys. CCO is getting great at this cheap form of reporting. Stock photos would not fly in print or TV so don’t do it on line. And finally, in case you don’t know, nearly 100,000 cows are slaughtered in the US each day. Does that make news?

    • Phil Mcackin

      The pic is strange, the devil cow bwhahahaha. the news media is wierd

  • jan

    Cows are now fed antibiotics and hormones and most are confined for their entire lives, never allowed to graze or feel the sun on their backs. I wonder if this has anything to do with the attack. I know I would go totally nuts if it happened to me

    • Cowgirl

      No, Jan, that would have nothing to do with the attack. I’m not sure where these cows are that are all confined. Maybe your talking about a feedlot? I’ve worked on huge ranches for 25 years and the only confinement is for sick cattle or when the storms come during calving, sometimes you have to take newborn calves in to keep them from freezing to death. We also take the cow so they stay together. Then when they warm up and are ready, they go back outside. I’m talking the HUGE outdoors.

  • Brian

    Mmmmmmm, steak!

    My condolences to the family.

  • Le Moron

    This sounds like Saturday Night Live, a funny bit it would make but too bad this is true. Life is stranger than fiction.

  • Phil Mcackin

    Cows on a rampage? Really?

  • pat

    My ex-wife was a cow and she was meaner than a junk yard dog!

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    • konjokris

      That is F-in funny

  • Tom

    I find the comments so far, interesting. I shall continue to follow them for a day or so.
    Only two (2) complete fallacies as of yet. And here is my answer to both. Both comments were made by one person..—

    1, Most “Cows” actually live long, full and well-nutritioned lives. The reason, is that the cow is the factory. She needs to be healthy in order to be productive. Healthy cows make healthy calves and non-healthy cows have un-healthy calves or no calves at all. And well over 99% live outside for their entire life on large to extremely large expanses of land. Large expanses and quantities of livestock comprise a “Ranch”. Not several acres or a barn as many would have you believe.

    2. Hormones are rarely used at all anymore. When our product reaches the slaughter house the carcass is graded by the USDA. Each injection site (if any) is noted and the carcass is devalued accordingly. That means less $$$. And the animal is tracked all the way back to the producer.—Antibiotics: Every species of animal gets sick. Very few however. The antibiotics are injected in sites (such as the neck) that are discarded at slaughter. The animal has already run the course of the sickness by that time. And the medicines that it recieved have already been flushed through the body or were trapped in the liver.

    Sorry that was so long. I will be back to check in.

  • we

    I say its MAD COW plane and simple!!!

  • Bob

    With all the wanna be farmer experts responding to this article I suggest it was global warming or Al Gores fault. Or you could blame Bush or you could all go to sleep and read all the facts tomorrow.

  • Cowgirl

    To all of you that think this is a bizzare story, I fully believe it and I fully believe it was a “cow”. I am a cowgirl and have worked on huge ranches for 25 years. I also was almost attacked by a cow. It was calving season, she had her calf and was a very over protective mother. I got off my horse to tag the calf and she came at me. Good thing I was quick and always kept an eye on the cow, I was able to get back on my horse and out of there. I told the cow boss about her. He then went in with a pick-up, drove up to the calf, opened the door and the cow came at him and put a huge dent in the pick-up. So, for all of you non-believers out there, it really does happen. We culled that cow after weaning that year. When working with livestock, nothing surpises me, you must be ready for anything. I feel very bad for the family. May God be with them and may Jean rest in peace.

    • we

      Did you eat that Delicious cow or chop her up and use her for feed?

      • Cowgirl

        No, she went on the truck with all of the other culls for that year. I bet she would have been good though.

  • konjokris

    Bill, I’m dying with laughter. Thanks!!!
    Oh, sorry for your loss to the family.

  • Bubba 1

    What breed?,was it dairy or beef,whith or whithout calf???

  • sam

    the date on this story is June 20. Further, one of the posts from a neighbor states the cause of death turned out to NOT be a n attack from a cow, but natural causes. Online journalism has reached a new low.

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