The Dugway sheep incident

March 17, 1968
Six thousand sheep are killed during the Dugway sheep incident, also known as the Skull Valley sheep kill

The affected sheep were from ranches near a U.S. Army base in Utah, which some believe accidentally or purposefully released either nerve gas or another agent of biological or chemical warfare. A few days before the sheep’s deaths were reported, 3 separate nerve gas experiments were conducted: a nerve gas artillery shell was fired, 160 gallons of nerve agent was burned in an open pit, and an aircraft sprayed nerve agent on a target. Strangely, though the sheep exhibited nerve agent side effects, no other animals “including cows, horses, dogs, rabbits, or birds,” seemed to suffer from the same effects.

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