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Crews With Hand Saws, Knives To Carve Up Frozen Cows In Aspen, Colo. (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

05/ 2/12 11:21 PM ET AP

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ASPEN, Colo. — Crews with hand saws and knives plan to carve up the cattle found frozen in a mountain cabin near Aspen, Colo., before the carcasses thaw.

Air Force Academy cadets snowshoeing in late March found the dead cattle in and around the cabin near the Conundrum Hot Springs. Rangers believe the cows wandered into the structure during a snowstorm but couldn't get out.

Bill Kight of the U.S. Forest Service says a group will head to the cabin Thursday to cut up the remains and scatter them. They'll stay overnight until the job is done.

Forest Service officials were trying to figure how to get rid of the dead animals before they defrost and decompose. They explored burning or blowing up the cabin with explosives but decided to cut up the carcasses instead.

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