Stray cows that have frozen to death in the mountains of Colorado are posing a major health hazard – the temperature in the region drops to below minus 18 degrees Celsius.
The only apparent methods of disposal are to either blow them up by using explosives or by setting them on fire to prevent contamination of the ground water.
The carcasses of the dead frozen cows were discovered in late March near the Conundrum Hot Springs in Aspen by two cadets of the Air Force Academy and it is presumed that the cows had strayed into the empty cabin of a ranger during a snowstorm.
The hot springs are located high up in the Rocky Mountains which do not allow the use of mechanical devices like the chain saw.
There were six dead cows inside the ranger's cabin and several more outside.
Since no other device can be used, the only option seems to blow up the carcasses by explosives and then setting them on fire.