Animal Deaths at Frontier Days Draw Ire

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Animal Deaths at Frontier Days Draw Ire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Cheyenne Frontier Days has drawn the ire of an animal rights group after a steer died and a calf sustained a back injury during roping contests last week. Another steer suffered a broken leg and was euthanized.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( ) an investigator with Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, posted video of two of the incidents online. One shows a male contestant lassoing the calf and trying to tie it Thursday, then giving up after realizing the animal was rigid and immobile. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association plans to fine the contestant for the banned takedown.

The other video shows a contestant's rope jerking a running steer onto its head, snapping its neck Friday.

Frontier Days organizers say another steer broke a tibia Friday and was euthanized.

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