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State, Tribal Officials Investigating Bison Deaths

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - State and Fort Belknap Indian Reservation officials are investigating the weekend deaths of 18 bison on the reservation in north-central Montana.

Blaine County veterinarian Roger Baxter told the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/1dOdAkD) he sent tissue samples to the state Department of Livestock's Diagnostic Laboratory in Bozeman. He declined to speculate on what might have caused the deaths.

Lab director Dr. A.W. Layton said complete results would take about a week.

State livestock inspector Mark Simonson said initial anthrax tests were negative or inconclusive. He says water tests were also being done to determine if salt or algae in their water may have been a problem.

Tribal bison manager Bronc Speak Thunder told The Associated Press the dead bison belonged to a herd of 43, including those captured outside Yellowstone National Park and their descendants.

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