Missing livestock from floods might still be alive

Brand inspector: only half-dozen carcasses found

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As Colorado continues to recover from those devastating September floods, many farmers and ranchers are still looking for missing livestock.

The brand inspector's office in Weld County, for one, has only found a half-dozen carcasses, leading many to believe the dozens still missing -- are still alive.

Gene Kammerzell of Milliken knows livestock well. He was born and raised here.

"Working in a feedlot, raising crops to feed the cattle," he said.

And so, his curiosity is piqued knowing that it's been three months since the September floods and they still haven't found the remains of his mule named Jake.

"So, I'm convinced he survived the flood. And I think he's still alive," said Kammerzell.

Because of the growing belief that Jake the mule is still alive, Gene and his wife have posted reward posters around the area, in post offices and stores offering $800 for Jake's return.

"If the right person hasn't seen him, you won't know where he belongs. And he's not branded," he said.

Kammerzell's neighbor is still missing four cows. His other neighbor is missing four as well. Cattle that are now thought to be alive, perhaps being cared for by someone down river.

"I don't think anyone's stolen (Jake)," said Kammerzell. "They're probably just holding onto him, not knowing where he belongs."

The brand inspector's office tells 7NEWS it's nearly impossible to determine how much livestock is still missing because there were multiple agencies handling cases throughout the state.

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