By The Canadian Press, July 10, 2017 

CHAPLIN, Sask. –– About 200 cattle have been found dead on a pasture in southwest Saskatchewan.

The dead cows and calves were on Crown pasture land south of the community of Chaplin, which was operated and leased out by 31 patrons. The animals were discovered Friday.

Saskatchewan chief veterinary officer Dr. Betty Althouse says preliminary necropsy and test results show the animals died of dehydration and possibly salt toxicity.

One water source on the pasture is a dugout, which may have become unsuitable for livestock due to evaporation and increased concentration of salts in the water.