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Published October 23, 2013, 12:00 AM


Pennington County dug a pit about 2 miles south of Quinn, S.D., to bury animals found in county highway rights-of way. Ranchers are allowed to use the pits, but the difficulty and expense of hauling animals far from where they died is often cost-prohibitive or otherwise impractical. Many will be disposed of privately, which is one reason true death totals may never be known. Photographed Oct. 15, 2013, at Quinn, S.D. (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates)(EMBARGO TO OCT. 22, 1 A.M.)