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Published November 22, 2013, 09:22 AM

Run from predator, not shooting, likely killed horse in ND

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

By: Forum News Service ,

FARGO, N.D. — A horse found dead near Enderlin, N.D., 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, N.D., 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 said she suspected a hunter might have mistaken the buckskin-colored horse for a deer.

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