A Middlefield man died Tuesday after he was attacked by his bull.
Eugene Wolfert, 68, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after emergency personnel arrived at his farm at 2422 state Highway 166 at about 11 a.m.
Wolfert is believed to have been feeding the animal, his only bull, when it charged and gored him unprovoked, according to Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin. The bull attacked him multiple times, pinning him to the ground and pushing him out of the pasture. A family member then saw the attack in progress and called 911.
“When EMS were called to the scene it was an obvious death,” Devlin said.
According to family members, the bull had shown signs of aggression before, Devlin said. The animal was euthanized after the attack.
Middlefield and Cooperstown EMS, as well as Cooperstown Medical Transport responded to the scene.
According to his Facebook page, Wolford was originally from Greenwich, Connecticut and worked as a firefighter/EMT. He had owned and run the Middlefield dairy farm for a number of years, Devlin said.
The adult bull was a large animal, Devlin said. Fully grown, the average bull weighs about 2,400 pounds, and their horns can extend to more than a foot long.
Dairy breed bulls are known to be particularly dangerous and unpredictable. According to U.S. Census data, bulls account for two percent of the cattle population, but they are responsible for more than half of farmworker fatalities.
A bull will often not look at a person prior to attacking, and many people fail to recognize the warning signs, according to the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension, which recommended slowly withdrawing about 20 feet in such a confrontation.
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