The lightning strike during last week’s storms on the Mount Geras, in León (Spain), calcined more than twenty cows.
When the storm began, the cows were grazing on the highest part of Mount Geras as they usually do. The area where the animals grazed is owned by a farmer in Santa María de Ordás. This area is in the highest part of the mountain and is difficult to access. Therefore, it was not until the storm ceased that the farmer could reach the place, where he met the devastating event.
According to the neighbors it is an extraordinary fact since, generally, no animal is struck by lightning in the area.
This reminds us of what happened in Norway in 2016, where 323 reindeers died due to the impact of lightning.
In these cases, the death of the animals is possibly due to so-called “ground current”.
The animals that are outdoors are very exposed to these misfortunes. For this, is necessary to protect farms and pasture areas with lightning protection systems.