- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An estimated 100 cattle drowned when they fell through the ice on a reservoir that straddles the South Dakota-Nebraska border.

Mike Carlow told the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1xMoWNk ) that he has never seen anything like it in his 40 years of ranching. South Dakota Stockgrowers Association President Bob Fortune said drowning incidents involving such a large number of cattle are rare.

“I’ve heard of it happening one or two times in my lifetime,” said Fortune, who has ranched for half a century.

Carlow’s theory is that a windstorm Wednesday night pushed the cattle to seek shelter behind a tree line near the White Clay Reservoir. The combined weight of the cattle that ventured onto the frozen reservoir likely was too much for the ice to support, he said.

The cattle belonged to Mike Carlow and his brother, Pat Carlow, who ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They estimate their loss at about $300,000, and say the cattle were not insured.

“Hopefully, the Lord will take care of us, and other ranchers will feel our pain, and something good (will) come from this tragic loss,” Mike Carlow said. “Hopefully, we can stay in business.”


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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