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Forest Service to Hack Up Frozen Cows

Creepy detail: Crews will spend the night at Colorado cabin
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2012 8:57 AM CDT
Forest Service to Hack Up Frozen Cows
This April 6, 2012, photo, provided by the U. S. Forest Service shows the Conundrum Creek Cabin where as many as six cows remain that froze to death.   (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Brian Porter)

(Newser) – If the idea of cows creepily frozen inside a mountain cabin sounds like the stuff of horror movies, bad news: The tale's ending is no less macabre. Crews with hand saws and knives plan to carve up the cattle before the carcasses thaw. A group of US Forest Service employees will head to the Colorado cabin today to cut up the remains and scatter them. Additional nightmare-inducing detail: They'll stay overnight until the job is done.

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Air Force Academy cadets snowshoeing in late March found the dead cattle in and around the cabin near the Conundrum Hot Springs. Rangers believe the cows wandered into the structure during a snowstorm but couldn't get out. Forest Service officials explored burning or blowing up the cabin with explosives but decided to cut up the carcasses instead. (Read more frozen cows stories.)

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