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Mission to move frozen cows before tragic herd defrosts

IT may take explosives to dislodge a group of cows that wandered into an old ranger cabin high in the Rocky Mountains, then died and froze solid when they couldn't get out.

The carcasses were discovered by two Air Force Academy cadets when they snow-shoed up to the cabin in late March.

Rangers believe the animals sought shelter during a snowstorm and got stuck and could not find their way out.

The cabin is located near the Conundrum Hot Springs, near Aspen in Colorado, USA.

The Forest Service said it is still trying to locate the rancher who lost the cows.

Forest Service spokesman Brian Porter said rangers saw about six cows inside the cabin, and several dead cows lying around the building.

"There is a lot of snow, and it's hard to determine how many cows are there," Porter said.

US Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin said they need to decide quickly how to get rid of the carcasses.

"Obviously, time is of the essence because we don't want them defrosting," he said.


There are three options to dispose of the bodies: use explosives to break up the cows, burn down the cabin, or using a helicopters or trucks to haul out the carcasses.

But Mr Segin said using helicopters is too expensive and rangers are worried about using trucks in a wilderness area, where the government bars permanent improvements and tries to preserve the natural habitat.