The McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a landowner after a tip that more than 100 cows had died on the property.
Beth Carlson, deputy state veterinarian with North Dakota Department of Agriculture, said her office received an anonymous complaint about the cows March 11.
McIntosh County Sheriff Laurie Spitzer said she was first notified of the situation earlier this month.
Spitzer said the landowner said the cattle had been chased into a barn by wild dogs and trampled each other to death.
Carlson said the Agriculture Department has contracted with a local veterinarian to perform necropsies on the animals.
She said a preliminary report has been submitted, but she would not release details because of the continuing investigation.
Carlson said when cattle die during the winter, it’s difficult to determine a specific time when they died because of the frozen carcasses.
Spitzer said when she visited the site, the cattle had been removed from the barn.
Spitzer said the investigation is continuing and that no charges have been filed. She declined to provide specific information about the part of the county where the farm was located.