The coordinator for Natrona County’s University of Wyoming Extension Office updated the Board of County Commissioners on some unofficial numbers of livestock lost in Wyoming due to the March 13 snowstorm.
Coordinator Scott Cotton shared the information during the board’s Tuesday, March 19 work session.
Cotton said he’d gotten informal reports from producers around the state. He told the commissioners that Wyoming lost an estimated 4,100 cattle, 200 sheep and 40 horses statewide from snow and flooding.
Cotton said that many of the losses were in southeast Wyoming.
The commissioners expressed some surprise, especially at the loss of that number of horses. Cotton explained that the animals can get trapped in the storm or may have also been aging.
Cotton added that some calves born during the storm may not have survived due to the conditions.
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