Originally Posted by nachtflug
Nothing mentioned seems likely given the small dead zone but obviously something did. I'd think lighting with enough force to drop 5 cows in that small of an area would leave some kind of mark on the ground? I wonder if they butchered and salvaged what meat they could. a fascinating footnote to a fascinating ride.
If there is a mark from a lightning strike, it could be under one of the dead cows. I have heard of multiple kills similar to this from lightning and it takes a pretty serious investigation to find the signs sometimes. The calf that's a little ways away could easily have been moved by the wolves.