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200 Dead Cows Found in Wisconsin

200 Dead Cows Found in Wisconsin

An investigation is underway in Stockton, Wisconsin where 200 cows were found dead on Friday. The owner of the cattle and local veterinarians initially believed the cows died from bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) or bovine virus diarrhea (BVD), but are now suspecting pneumonia. Officials say the dead cows will not likely affect other animals or humans. Tests are still being conducted to verify the cause.

Several other recent reports of mass animal deaths have generated much media attention. Thousands of dead birds fell in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve, with other mass bird deaths following in Louisiana, Kentucky, Italy and Sweden. Days before the new year, a massive fish kill was reported near the site of the dead birds in Arkansas.

Despite media suggestions of a sudden “flock-alypse” arising, mass animal deaths occur often, and generally “fly under the radar,” according to ornithologist John Wiens in an AP report. The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center says that about 163 similar events are reported to the federal government each year. The deaths are generally caused by pollution, parasites and disease.

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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2:15PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

there appears to b animals, birds etc dying through 'unknown' sources right throughout world and i think a lot of it has to do with magnetic field....but as for these cows? whos to say.....its a sad case and i dont doubt..without speculation..but its a high number of deaths, and surely, if it was an illness the deaths would be spread over time....and not all at once....anyway, i truly do hope they find out the cause...and report the real truth

12:24PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Very sad and very worrying but there's an "up" side ..... they can't blame wolves !!!!

12:08PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Tragic!

8:39AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

noted with sadness.

2:06PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

sadly noted.

12:15PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

That's so sad. Wonder what they are going to do with all the dead cows :(

8:43AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

163 cases reported annually should let you know that something is horrifically wrong.

7:58PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

Will it could be any thing that caused the death of so many cows. It is real sad, hope they find out what happened.

3:20PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

strange

3:47AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

another good reason to end intensive farming.

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