Originally Posted by blkhrt81
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.
As a, now part time, sheep and cattle farmer I think that lightning is by far the most likely explanation. I've seen cattle killed by lighting and they are in a little group just like that. I guess out on the steppes there is nothing much else sticking up very high either to attract lightning.
I also remember being told that a really bad place to be during a lighting storm is riding a horse. Probably not a good idea to be standing next to a group of cattle either.