Sheriff: Rare white buffalo in Texas died of infection, wasn’t killed as owner suspected

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DALLAS — A rare white buffalo found dead in Texas died from a bacterial infection and wasn’t killed and mutilated, as its owner suspected, authorities said Tuesday.

n this June 29, 2011 file photo, Lightning Medicine Cloud, a rare white buffalo, left, walks in a corral after a Native American naming ceremony was held in Greenville, Texas. Hunt County Sheriff Randhy Meeks on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 said the calf died from a bacterial infection and wasn’t killed and mutilated, as its owner suspected. Lightning Medicine Cloud died in May on the Lakota Ranch

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said a veterinarian made the determination and that photographs indicate the calf wasn’t skinned. He said the investigation is closed unless new evidence surfaces.

The calf, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, died in May on the Lakota Ranch near Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.

Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier reported finding the calf skinned and believed it had been killed as part of a hate crime. He didn’t return a message seeking comment Tuesday. Meeks said Little Soldier had not been notified about the results of the investigation as of Tuesday afternoon.

As a non-albino white buffalo, the calf was revered by Native Americans. According to Lakota Sioux lore, the goddess of peace once appeared in the form of a white buffalo calf. The buffalo’s death sparked international attention, Little Soldier has said, and one Oregon organization planned to donate a white buffalo bull from its herd.

Meeks said the sheriff’s office was not notified of Lightning Medicine Cloud’s death until six days after the animal died. It had been buried for three days because Little Soldier “wanted to talk to his elders before he contacted us,” Meeks said.

Meeks said the investigation revealed two more buffalo have died at the Lakota Ranch since May. He said investigators believe blackleg, a bacterial infection, was responsible for all of the deaths.

It lays dormant in the land,” Meeks said of the spores that cause the infection. “It’s very preventable by vaccination. We were not told by the Little Soldiers that these two had died.”

Terry Hensley, a Texas A&M extension office veterinarian, said a blackleg vaccine is available for cattle but has not been approved for buffalo. Some experts say the cattle vaccine has been effective in buffalo, Hensley said.

Animals eat the spores, or the spores enter the body through a wound. The spores, a small number of which are usually found in an animal’s digestive tract, can lay dormant inside the animal’s muscles, and break out months or years later. The bacteria become activated by quick growth or muscle exertion.

“Normally they’re healthy one day and the rancher finds them dead the next,” Hensley said.

Lightning Medicine Cloud’s mother Buffalo Woman was found dead a day after the white buffalo’s death. Little Soldier has said he believes she was poisoned. Meeks said he could not comment on the mother’s death.

Little Soldier had offered a $45,000 reward for information about the animal’s death.

Meeks said no charges will be filed against Little Soldier.

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Rare buffalo killing called a hate crime

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GREENVILLE, Texas — The killing of a prized white buffalo calf has brought threats from the animal’s owners they will take justice into their own hands if local authorities don’t act.

Dissatisfied with how the three-month-old investigation is progressing, Arby Little Soldier, owner of Lakota Ranch, said he wants to see the matter resolved — and quickly.

“All we want is closure for Lightning Medicine Cloud,” he said. “It is what we all want.”

He said he knows who killed the sacred calf and believes they are Native Americans because of the manner in which the buffalo was slaughtered.

Arby Little Soldier says the investigation into the death of his rare white buffalo calf is taking too long. (Photo by Joseph Hamrick/Greenville, Texas, Herald-Banner)

“Seven if not more were involved,” he said. “This was a hate crime committed by men who wanted to stop the message the calf brought. We will not let them.”

White buffalo are considered to be sacred or spiritually significant in several Native American religions; therefore, such buffalo are often visited for prayer and other religious rituals.

Sam Lone Wolf, Little Soldier’s brother, said he thinks it’s time to take matters into their own hands. “If the killers want Indian justice, they will get it,” he said. “I don’t care what the Sheriff thinks. I stand by my word.”

David Rice, an Indian War Chief, said he expects the grand jury will report on the case by Friday.

“I think they will find enough evidence to get it over,” he said. “All we want is closure for Lightning Medicine Cloud. It is what we all want.”

Estimates are that a white buffalo is born in about one in 10 million births.

Details for this story were provided by The Herald-Banner in Greenville, Texas.

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Rare white buffalo calf sacred to Native American tribe found killed and skinned in mysterious circumstances… and its mother died the very next day

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A rare white buffalo calf that became the centre of a Native American cult has died mysteriously just days before its first birthday.

Authorities are investigating the suspicious death of the buffalo, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, on Lakota Ranch, north Texas.

Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier says he found the animal dead on Monday. The buffalo’s mother was found dead the following day, he said.

Last year, thousands attended a naming ceremony to celebrate the calf’s May 12 birth. The ceremony, held at the ranch, included gourd dancing, traditional drum ceremonies and Native American arts and craft vendors.

According to Lakota Sioux lore, the goddess of peace once appeared in the form of a white buffalo calf.

Arby Little Soldier says the buffalo ‘was the hope of all nations’.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said his agency was working with the Texas Rangers to determine ‘whom or what killed Lightning Medicine Cloud’.

The other buffalo at the ranch had been unusually protective towards the white calf, circling around him when anyone came near.

Arby Little Soldier was working on a film about the rare animal, called ‘White Buffalo: An American Prophecy’.

In a promotional video, uploaded on Youtube in January, he said his ancestors had told him of Lightning Medicine Cloud’s birth.

He said there was a one in six billion chance of a buffalo being born white, and that they were ‘very sacred’.

 He added that the calf was the first ever born to an individual native American and that its birth filled a prophecy that had lived in the hearts of many Native Americans for centuries.

Arby Little Solder said a birthday celebration planned this month will be a memorial instead.


In an interview for White Buffalo: An American Prophecy, Arby Little Soldier comments on the birth of a sacred White Buffalo – Lightning Medicine Cloud – on the Lakota Ranch in Texas, and what it means for humanity.

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Rare White Buffalo Hunt – Face Book Post

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Oh GOD….LOOK WHAT THEY HAVE DONE…..!!!!!!!!!!!!! and DO NOT FORGIVE THEM BUT THANKS to the Lakota and Caddo people, this has stopped and there is information that the owner of the lodge now wants to breed white buffalo to replace the ones killed….better transform the lodge into a sanctuary for wild animals in need….Just this past week a story had broken that had outraged and horrified a lot of people around the world.

We are shocked to read your statement :Texas Hunt Lodge allows the opportunity to hunt and harvest the Authentic and Rare White Buffalo. … There are no seasonal restrictions on hunting the White Buffalo, or White Bison, in Texas, which makes it a suitable trophy year round.

Although the buffalo in the U.S. are no where near the great numbers that they used to be, when they were flourishing they used to number between 60 – 80 million head. Under those favorable conditions, the chances of such an unusual white buffalo appearing was about 1 in 10 million.

But although there are only approximately around 125,000 buffalo today, the odds against one being born have increased dramatically.Understanding just how important the white buffalo is then, it becomes extremely hideous and despicable that you are now offering the chance to kill these majestic and spiritually significant creatures

.For $13,500, a person can go there and do exactly that.These are canned hunts which means the animal has no chance for escape and is in an enclosed area that makes it extremely easy to kill them.They are also usually very used to the presence of humans so they do not have the fear of man as would a wild bison

In most cases, they are like grazing cattle living in domesticated environments like cattle. They do not have the instincts to run and hide like Deer.White buffaloes are sacred animals to the Lakota Sioux and other Native groups, and there aren’t a lot of the creatures around.You also do not have respect for the beliefs of others and no respect for life! This practice must be stopped immediately !

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