Since this (EHD) is caused by insect bites, I would think the only way it is possible for that to be the cause is if a large swarm of insects came over the elk and just had an open buffet. Especially since they all died together apparently. If that happened, which is obviously a very rare incidence, then Im a little worried about this swarm that's still out there ready to knock out some more herds of whatever. But, the fact that the disease usually takes hours to kill, and is not always deadly according to the story, makes me think when they were going through it they would have spread out (like I have heard these animals do when they actually have EHD also). Just some thoughts, but I too smell fish, some testing should clear this up sooner than later hopefully.
I see they're spread out a bit, but I've got to lean toward the lightning theory. It appears all the carcasses are near the only trees or cover on the hill. EHD would have pushed them to water.
Live to hunt, hunt to live.
clearly, this is a classic case of an alien sacrifice ritual. It is what alien teenagers do on their night off. Kinda like an inter-galatic road trip / cow tipping thing.
Could have been the government testing chemical weapons. Area 51 doesnt exist around there somewhere........
Sounds like toxic blue green algae to me. Grows in natural ponds and lakes, can kill quickly, blooms in late summer and fall, and metabolizes quickly so can be tough to prove in tissue. A herd of buffalo was hit in Saskauwan some years back.
very well could be lighting, deadly effects of lighting can be as much as a quarter mile or more if I remember my science correctly.
That sounds pretty good to me, not sure how much rain they have had in that area tho. I did some research on the algae last year when we were in an extreme drought and I had a pond starting to get it and I cought it early and got my cows outta there. From what iv learned about it it only grows in extreme drought areas that haven't had any fresh rain run off.
Reminds me of the Jim Jones mass suicide - maybe it's some kind of elk cult. Elk may be intelligent and wary to us and be gullible as heck to one of their own kind. You never know. I'm sure Far Side cartoonist Jim Frederich could come up with a good caption.