Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Wednesday a herd of cattle seized from a Clarkston area ranch after being found underfed and neglected are set to return to the ranch owner.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Department of Livestock and neighboring ranches met with the rancher on Monday to figure out what led to the neglect, and to come up with a game plan in moving forward.
Gootkin said malnourishment of the 130-plus cows was the result of unfortunate circumstances for the rancher.
The sheriff's office seized the herd last week and moved them to Headwaters Stockyard in Three Forks. Some of the cows died from the transport.
The community poured in donations of hay, supplies and money to help nurse the cows back to health.
Gootkin said the rancher was cooperative during the whole process and will be able to take his herd back.
Neighboring ranchers plan to secure hay for the cows, and the sheriff's office will check on the ranch periodically to make sure the cows are okay.
No charges will be filed against the rancher, Gootkin said, and the deputy county attorney will meet with a judge this week to ask for the release of the herd back to the owner.