Dozens of sheep die in heat in Marion County

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Updated: July 1, 2013, 1:17 PM

 

SALEM, Ore. — Circling buzzards led neighbors to discover sheep with full-grown wool that had dropped dead of the heat in a field in rural Marion County near Turner.

The sheriff’s office said Monday that 30 to 40 had died in the 80-acre field covered with green standing grass

Sheriff’s spokesman Don Thomson told Statesman Journal deputies responded Sunday and gave remaining sheep water and food. More than 200 survived.

Neighbors said they have long been concerned about the care of the sheep and conditions turned fatal as temperatures climbed into the 90s.