A significant, but yet to be confirmed number of cattle died in wildfires along the Saskatchewan/Alberta border earlier this week.
Grant Zalinko is the Executive Director of the Livestock Branch with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.
Zalinko said the number of livestock lost could be in the 400 range, or higher.
“I do want to stress that at this point we do not have confirmed numbers , but we are receiving reports that approximately 400 animals have either perished or had to be euthanized as a result of the fires,” Zalinko said on Thursday afternoon.
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Arrangements have been made to properly dispose the dead cattle.
Zalinko added it’s very difficult for ranchers to cope with the loss of their animals, he encourages them to contact the farm stress line or reach out to health care services in their community.
In the meantime, a father and son who were badly burned while fighting a grass fire on their land in southwestern Saskatchewan are still in a Calgary hospital’s intensive care unit.
The family of Ron Wedrick and his son Evan says they are being treated by a team of burn treatment specialists.
Grass fires whipped up by high winds gusting to more than 100 km/h threatened several towns and villages in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan earlier this week.
(Files from CJWW)