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RURAL PERILS: Petaluma resident Javier Rodriguez is unable to work after a cow, half-sedated and with a wound to the head, knocked him down and broke his leg on a Point Reyes Station ranch last week. The cow’s owner believes the animal had been shot. David Briggs

Last Wednesday ended unlike most others at the Stanley Martinelli Ranch, just north of Point Reyes Station. As the ranch’s manager, Rodney Martinelli, tells it, a cow with a festering bullet wound to the head leapt a corral fence and led him and two friends on an hours-long chase that ended with the cow’s death, and . . .