Toxic plant blamed for cattle die-off

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Dozens of cattle recently died in the Shoshone National Forest along the Beartooth Highway after browsing on larkspur, a toxic plant that grows throughout the West. Park County Sheriff Scott Steward passed by the scene and, based on his counts from the highway, figured there was a minimum of three dozen dead animals. “It happened overnight,” Steward said. “Because I was up there on Thursday [Aug. 31] and there was none — and then Friday [Sept. 1] they were dead, laying all over the place.” The cattle belonged to the Sunlight Ranch. The sheriff said he regularly sees one or two dead cattle when traveling through the Beartooths, but to see dozens dead overnight, “it was insane,” Steward said. He said the carcasses were spread along the Beartooth...

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