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2 of 3 cow carcasses removed from Coosa River

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Two out of the three dead cows seen floating in the Coosa River for the past couple of weeks have been removed.

The cow carcasses were first spotted near Neely Henry Lake but moved down a creek off of the Coosa River, near the Canoe Creek Bait Shop, late last week.

Investigators don't know who the cows belong to and there was a dispute over who owned the creek where their bodies were found, so no one removed them for several days. It was unclear if Alabama Power, St. Clair County or the state owned the creek.

The Agriculture Rural Crime Unit and St. Clair County Sheriff's Office contacted Alabama Power on Monday, and crews for Alabama Power removed the dead cows by boat the same day.

They found two of the three dead cows, but it's unclear at this time if they'll try to find the third dead cow and remove it as well, Gene Wiggins with the ARCU said.

The St. Clair County commission will foot the bill to bury the cows. Wiggins said investigators will continue to work to find out who owns the cows.

Residents who live in the area near the creek were concerned because people fish and swim in the water where the cows were discovered.

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