Rancher says the remained animals were so stressed that they refused to settle down no matter how hard she tried.
The following is portion of an article from the Rapid City Journal:
by Angela J. Cook
The frantic circling of her sheep gave Tammy Basel the first hint that something was amiss on the central Meade County ranch she operates with her husband, Dallis.
The flock was in a pasture about one-quarter mile from the ranch house that sits about three miles from the nearest road access.
Without her flock's signals, which she noticed in late August, Basel might not have discovered until it was time to gather the lambs for market a month from now that 264 of her sheep — 87 ewes and 177 lambs — had disappeared.
The remaining sheep “ran here and they ran there. Something really bad had upset them,” recalled Basel, who is devoted to her flock. The ewes and lambs were so stressed that they refused to settle down no matter how hard she tried to bunch them.
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Source: Rapid City Journal
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