The administration of the Russian town of Gorno-Altaysk declared war on cows that walked around the town. From now on, careless cow owners will have to pay big fines to redeem their animals from the town’s administration, because ownerless cows will be taken to a special area.
Cows have turned out to be a very serious problem for the town's administration. Fifty percent of the townsfolk live in private houses and have domestic cows, the number of which totals almost 3,000 (the town has the 55,000-strong population). Cows often run away from shepherds, walk around the town, eat grass and bushes in parks. They can also lie down on warm asphalt roads, creating traffic jams. The town's administration has already formed a group of cow-catchers.