Mass Animal Deaths Continue: Hundreds Of Cows, Seals Found Dead
Isolated cases or something more alarming?
Jan 17, 2011
Concerns over mass animal deaths continue to mount with the news that around 200 cows have mysteriously been found dead in Wisconsin, as well as hundreds of seals washing ashore dead in Labrador, Canada
The cows were reportedly killed by a mystery infection, with officials still unable to identify the exact cause after samples were sent to laboratories in Madison for analysis.
According to reports, the owner of the cattle told sheriff’s deputies he suspects the cows succumbed to IBR (infectious bovine rhinotracheitis) or BVD (bovine virus diarrhea). Both diseases can cause respiratory and reproductive problems.
In a separate case, residents on the north coast of Labrador have reported seeing large numbers of dead seals washing up on beaches.
The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is testing the carcasses. A working theory is that the area’s seal population has grown too large, resulting in a higher mortality rate.
In both cases scientists believe there are rational explanations, however, with so many other examples of mysterious mass animal deaths within the last few weeks, questions will once again be raised as to whether the cases are in any way linked