Pile of Dead Cows Found in Wilderness Near AspenBy Rocky Thompson on April 26th, 2012
Where’s the beef? About 29 cows wandered off a ranch near Aspen and many ended up dying of exposure near popular hot springs in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. “Hungry bears, human bathers and thawing cow carcasses aren’t a good mix, according to agency officials.” Indeed. They originally though only about six cows would be in the area, but after forest service officials made the 8-mile slog up to the snowbound cabin near where they died, they found considerably more dead cow. They took samples from the cabin to see if it was built with asbestos, and if it’s not they’ll pile it with carcasses and have an old-fashioned barbecue. The springs might also be contaminated since some of the cow carcasses were found only a few feet away. People of Aspen, heed warning signs posted by hot springs this summer.