Thursday, June 20, 2013
The Associated Press
ASPEN, Colo. — Federal forest officials want visitors of a Colorado hot springs to be very careful about the frozen cows found in a remote cabin nearby.
This April 6, 2012, photo provided by the U. S. Forest Service shows the Conundrum Creek Cabin, in the White River National Forest, near Aspen, Colo., where as many as six cows remain that froze to death. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin said today they need to decide quickly how to get rid of the carcasses. The options: Use explosives to break up the cows, burn down the cabin, or using a helicopters or trucks to haul out the carcasses.
Rangers believe the cows wandered into the cabin near the popular Conundrum Hot Springs during a snowstorm but couldn't find their way out. Air Force Academy cadets found their frozen carcasses while snowshoeing in late March.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Bill Kight said today that water samples have been taken to determine if the hot springs were contaminated by the dead animals.
Rangers want the carcasses gone before they thaw. Removal options include explosives or burning down the cabin.
In the meantime, officials have posted warning signs about the cows around the hot springs near Aspen in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.