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Chase from predator, not shooting, likely killed horse near Enderlin

 FARGO -- A horse found dead near Enderlin shortly after the opening day of deer season likely wasn’t shot as first suspected, Cass County officials said Thursday.

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Sgt. Tara Morris of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said investigators with the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association said an examination of the horse’s neck wound revealed a 3-inch puncture too shallow to be from a gunshot.

Investigators believe the horse ran into something after being chased by a predator and punctured its own neck, Morris said.

The horse, which belongs to Kim Damsgard of Cooperstown, was discovered three days after the deer season opened, lying dead in a small pond with a wound that looked like a shot through the neck. Damsgard said she suspected a hunter might have mistaken the buckskin-colored horse for a deer.

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