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Fort Belknap bison died of salt toxicosis


A state panel was told Wednesday by a veterinarian that 19 genetically pure bison that died suddenly on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in July likely succumbed to salt toxicosis due to water deprivation, a finding that members of the tribe disagreed with.

The report was made to the Environmental Quality Council by Dr. Bill Layton of the Montana Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Layton said he came to his conclusions after running several other tests on the animals. He said as long as the animals get water, toxicosis will not occur.


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