Town Forms Cow Posse

Burlington, VT, residents band together to protect artsy bovines
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2010 3:22 PM CDT
Town Forms Cow Posse
A child poses for a picture with a cow statue in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, July 27, 2010.    (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Burlington, Vermont, has a unique problem with lawlessness: the city's vibrant painted cow sculptures are under attack. Six of the 35 cows have been broken or overturned by vandals, and to solve the problem, the Chamber of Commerce is deputizing any willing residents as "cow tenders"—those who have pledged to watch over the sculptures, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Officials have proposed some pretty stiff punishments for the cow-tippers: One suggested a $500 reward to anyone who "killed or captured" a vandal, though he seemed to be kidding. "Dismemberment is a good start," a local resident added, "or they should be bolted down and tipped over." (Read more Burlington, Vermont stories.)

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