A man says he shot a neighbor's cow after mistaking it for a coyote. Authorities and the owner are skeptical.

The undersheriff in northern Michigan's Benzie County says he doesn't see how anyone could confuse a 1,400-pound pregnant cow with a coyote, which typically weighs between 20 and 45 pounds.

And anyway, shooting coyotes is illegal during firearm deer season. Authorities asked the county prosecutor to bring charges against the shooter.

A 42-year-old man told authorities he was out to shoot coyotes near his Colfax Township home Saturday when he killed the cow, Undersheriff Rory Heckman told the Traverse City Record-Eagle for a story published Wednesday. Heckman said the man then tried to drag the cow home.

"The part of his story he his holding to is he shot at a coyote. I don't know how he hit a several-thousand pound cow mistaking it for a coyote," Heckman said.

The cow was named Hannah and had wandered away from its farm, about 205 miles northwest of Detroit.

"My husband thought that he should go through some therapy looking at repeated pictures of cows and coyotes because they look nothing alike. It didn't make any sense to me," said owner DeAnn Mosher.