A resident in the small southern Montana town of Shepherd called police Thursday morning when he spotted a grisly sight in a nearby pasture—a longhorn bull with its horns and head covered in blood standing over a man's body.
A neighbor said the animal was a Mexican fighting bull.
The Billings Gazette reports that Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies said all indications were that the victim had been gored to death. Some of his clothes were torn from his body.
Law enforcement and medical crews needed to lure the bull away and were forced to use a road grader to keep the animal at bay while they retrieved the body from the field.
Two deputies were holding shotguns loaded with slugs and pointed them at the bull on several occasions, "just in case the bull decided to charge them," according to Yellowstone County Sheriff's Lt. Kent O'Donnell.
Yellowstone Police, who have yet to identify the body, said they believed the victim had been killed early Thursday.