'People didn't believe me at first, now it's really become this urban legend' — black cow sightings abound on the Hillside

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Will Ross was one of the first people to snap a picture of a mysterious black cow who appears to be living on the Anchorage Hillside.

Courtesy Will Ross

He was out riding his fat bike on Moose Meadow in December when he encountered the roaming bovine.

Ross spotted the cow, the cow spotted him, and the two sat there and stared at each other.

"Long enough for me to pull my phone out and take a picture of it because it's pretty weird," Ross said. "You gotta take a picture of it."

Ross shared his picture on the Facebook page for Anchorage Fat Bike. So far it has been shared almost 200 times and has 125 comments.

Several other people who use the trail system have also seen the black cow.

The cow's owner Frank Koloski, owner of Rodeo Alaska, has been posting to the group's Facebook page asking for help finding her and looking for recent sightings. Calls, texts, emails and a visit to his home were all met with no response.

One of the first people to spot the cow was skier Eric Parsons.

"I kind of jumped and it kind of jumped too, and as we were both kind of reacting, I was like 'That's a black cow. That's a giant big black cow,'" Parons said as he got ready to cross country ski at Hilltop on a chilly Tuesday morning.

"I definitely feel vindicated," Parsons said. "People didn't believe me at first. Now it's really become this urban legend of this mysterious black cow."

Everyone who says they've seen the cow says it was able to get away from them. Ross says he chased after it for a bit, but when he turned around a bend on his fat bike it disappeared.

"It sounds like the cow's very happy and content to be out there," Ross said, "but I mean, the cow does belong to somebody and it would be nice for them to get their cow back."