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Published November 21, 2013, 11:56 AM

Chase from predator, not shooting, likely killed horse near Ellendale

FARGO – A horse found dead near Ellendale shortly after the opening day of deer season likely wasn’t shot as first suspected, Cass County officials said Thursday.

By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – A horse found dead near Ellendale shortly after the opening day of deer season likely wasn’t shot as first suspected, Cass County officials said Thursday.

Sgt. Tara Morris, of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators with the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association said an examination of the horse’s neck wound revealed a 3-inch puncture too shallow to be from a gunshot.

Investigators believe the horse ran into something after being chased by a predator and punctured its own neck, Morris said.

The horse, which belongs to Kim Damsgard of Cooperstown, was discovered three days after the deer season opened, lying dead in a small pond with a wound that looked like a shot through the neck. Damsgard told The Forum she suspected a hunter might have mistaken the buckskin-colored horse for a deer.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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