DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say a rare white buffalo found dead in Texas died from a bacterial infection and wasn't killed and mutilated as claimed by its owner.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said Tuesday that a veterinarian made the determination and that photographs indicate the calf wasn't skinned. The investigation is closed unless new evidence surfaces.
The calf, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, died in May on the Lakota Ranch near Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.
Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier reported finding the calf skinned and believed it had been killed. He didn't return a message seeking comment Tuesday.
As a non-albino white buffalo, the calf was revered by Native Americans. According to Lakota Sioux lore, the goddess of peace once appeared in the form of a white buffalo calf.