Lethbridge Herald

Toxic beetles linked to horse deaths


Hay tainted by a toxic beetle is blamed for the deaths of 14 horses and illnesses to dozens of others on a Wisconsin ranch.

Steady rain and flooding last summer left hay in fields at Red Ridge Riding Stable in Mauston unusable. So, the owners, Cindy Kanarowski-Peterson and her husband, Lyle Peterson, bought six semi loads of hay and alfalfa from South Dakota and Wyoming to feed their horses. A blister beetle that releases a toxin when crushed during harvest is blamed for the horses’ deaths and for sickening 100 other horses. Veterinari­an Dave Kolb said the toxin irritates the linings of the horses’ stomachs and intestines.

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