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Excessive heat blamed for thousands of Kansas cattle deaths

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Cattle graze near wind turbines at the Invenergy LLC Buckeye Wind Energy Center in Hays, Kansas, U.S., on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images A blistering heat wave killed thousands of cattle in Kansas over the weekend, and more excessive heat is in the forecast through the weekend.According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the state is aware of at least 2,000 cattle deaths in the southwest region, but that number is based on the number of calls the agency has received to help with disposing of the carcasses.

The actual number of deaths could be much higher."The combination of high temperatures, humidity and not a lot of wind made it difficult for the cows to stay cool," said Matt Lara, a state Department of Health and Environment spokesperson.Videos showing the cattle deaths have been circulating on social media.

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