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South Dakota vet updates blizzard death totals

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Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota’s state veterinarian, says his office has verified the deaths of 13,977 cattle, 1,257 sheep, 287 horses and 40 bison — more than 15,500 animals — from the early October blizzard that slammed the western Dakotas.

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He adds that many producers have yet to report their losses, as they still are sorting them out.

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