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· Kansas Cattle Died After Unusual Heat Wave, Contrary to Baseless Claims Online
· Dangerous heat in Kansas kills cattle; conditions expected to persist
Kansas Cattle Died After Unusual Heat Wave, Contrary to Baseless Claims Online
Saranac Hale Spencer, MSN
June 17, 2022
At least 2,000 cattle have died following a heat wave in southwestern Kansas. Although the cattle apparently died of heatstroke, social media posts have made baseless claims suggesting that the deaths might be part of a larger conspiracy theory about the food supply.
A heat wave rolled into southwestern Kansas on June 10, bringing temperatures above 100 degrees in an area that usually sees highs below 90 this time of year, according to the National Weather Service.
Since then, at least 2,000 cattle have died, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Agency spokesman Matt Lara told us in an emailed statement that the weather had “made it difficult for the cows to stay cool.”
Sam Capoun, spokeswoman for the Kansas Livestock Association, explained to FactCheck.org in an interview that the heat, humidity and lack of wind created the “perfect storm” for heatstroke in cattle.
“Ranchers are always concerned about heat during the summer,” she said, but this unusual heat created conditions that didn’t let the animals cool down at night.
Cattle usually accumulate a heat load during the day, Capoun said, then lose that body heat overnight. But they can’t shed the body heat without cool nights, and nighttime temperatures remained in the 70s for at least three days during the heat wave.
The bovine deaths were followed by a wave of baseless claims online.
A video of apparently dead cattle has been circulating — here’s one example shared by a Facebook user who called himself “Conspiracy Joey.” And claims suggesting that the deaths might be linked to a larger conspiracy theory about supposed disruptions to the food supply have been spreading on social media.
“It’s not a mystery, it’s intentional,” one post reads...
Dangerous heat in Kansas kills cattle; conditions expected to persist
Hot weather is impacting people from California to Texas
By Julia Musto, Fox News
June 16, 2022
Dangerous heat is impacting regions across the U.S. this week, with conditions expected to persist.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said, as of Tuesday, that it knew of at least 2,000 cattle deaths due to high temperatures and humidity.
The department's spokesperson said the toll represents facilities that contacted the agency for help disposing of cattle carcasses.
Temperatures reached 108 degrees in northwest Kansas on Monday and the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wichita and Topeka warned that sweltering heat would extend into next week.
"Hot weather returns today with triple-digit heat returning to central and south-central Kansas. Heat indices this afternoon area-wide will approach 105. Lows tonight will be in the low-to-mid 70s," the agency's Wichita office tweeted.
Smoke from wildfires blazing across the Southwest and Saharan dust will create hazy skies over the weekend, as well...