By: Su Szu-yun and Elizabeth Hsu
At a meeting of experts held by the Taipei City Animal Protection Office earlier in the day to discuss the issue, contagious diseases, pesticides and fences on the mountains were ruled out as causes of death, Chang Shun-fa (張順發) told CNA.
A "composite environmental factor" was blamed, he said, noting that the experts agreed according to preliminary indications that the deaths were associated with insufficient nutrition in the food sources of the breeding sites of the wild water buffaloes.
"Some cattle died of long-term malnutrition," Chang said, explaining that while there was an abundance of grasses in the area, they lacked protein and minerals. [FULL STORY]