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Mass cattle death reported near El Reno

EL RENO — The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture was investigating on Monday what caused 60 to 70 head of cattle to die near El Reno.

The cattle deaths appear to be accidental, said Betty Thompson, deputy commissioner for the Department of Agriculture.

Veterinary staff drew blood from the animals to determine the exact cause of death, and the Department of Agriculture will be able to release more information on the deaths once the test results return, Thompson said.

"It was a really sad accident, and the producer is working to dispose properly of those animals," Thompson said.

The animal deaths in Canadian County did not appear to be disease related, she said.

"It's a really sad loss and this particular producer was just incredibly sad about it," Thompson said. "It's a significant loss of money, but the producers also genuinely care for these cattle."

Authorities declined to identify the cattle producer.

Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›