FACT CHECK: Did These Sheep Mysteriously Die In Idaho?

A video shared on Facebook purports to show dozens of sheep that have died in Idaho under strange circumstances.

Verdict: False

The footage was filmed in the country of Georgia nearly a year ago. This footage is not related to any recent Midwest livestock deaths.

Fact Check:

An intense and lengthy heat wave earlier in June killed approximately 2,000 cows in Kansas, according to USA Today. A.J. Tarpoff, Kansas State University veterinarian Tarpoff explained to the outlet that the death could have been caused by a combination of high humidity, lack of cooling winds and cattle not being able to shed all their winter clothes.

A Facebook video claims that a similar incident occurred in Idaho. This video depicts what looks like dozens upon dozens of dead sheep scattered around an area of mountainous terrain.

“CATTLE CRISIS–Who did it? “Could someone be poisoning the food?” The caption states that the video was made before the heat wave, which resulted in the deaths of many cattle. A reverse image search revealed the footage first appeared on YouTube in August 2021 titled “One lightning strike in Georgia on Mount Didi Abuli,instantly killed 530 sheep.”

The title of the video matches reporting from The Express which claimed in an August 2021 article that hundreds of sheep died in the country of Georgia after a lightning strike. The strike occurred on Aug. 9, 2021 and also knocked a shepherd unconscious, Indian-based news outlet News 18 reported.

Check Your Fact found no credible news reports suggesting scores of sheep had recently died in Idaho under mysterious circumstances. (RELATED : Is This Photo of Colorfully-Dyed Sheep in Scotland? )

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This is not the first time misinformation about livestock has spread online. Check Your Fact previously corrected a false rumor early in the COVID-19 pandemic that alleged a COVID-19 vaccine had been used on cattle “for years.”

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