Forest Officials Check for Asbestos at Aspen Cabin

Aspen, CO – Forest officials are now checking whether a structure has asbestos inside. This is being done as part of assessing how to remove the carcasses of cows discovered inside a cabin.

The normal procedure to remove the carcasses is to use explosives or to incinerate the cabin. These procedures can be dangerous if asbestos is present in the structure. Asbestos is a known carcinogen.

According to rangers, cows wandered into the cabin in a snowstorm and then failed to find the way to go out. The Carcasses were discovered by cadets in the Air Force Academy in 2011 March while snowshoeing.

Steve Segin, a spokesman with the Forest Service, said timeline has not been set to determine how to dislodge the carcasses.

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