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August 21, 2012

BREAKING: Sheriff says Lightning Medicine Cloud died of natural causes

GREENVILLE — Hunt County Sheriff Randhy Meeks said Lightning Medicine Cloud, a rare white buffalo and his mother Buffalo Woman died of natural causes.

During a press conference this afternoon, Meeks said according to a veterinarian's report, both buffalo appeared to have died from a condition known as "black leg" and that two other buffalo have died from the condition at the Lakota Ranch near Greenville since Lightning Medicine Cloud's body was discovered.

And, contrary to widespread reports in other media, Meeks said the evidence revealed Lightning Medicine Cloud had not been skinned.

"We are officially closing this case," Meeks said, later noting no criminal charges are expected to be filed in the case.

Additional details in Wednesday's Herald-Banner.

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