In the last 12 months, Carbon County has seen 50 to 60 inches of rain. Which is more than a foot above average in some areas.
That rain is having negative effects on hoofed animals.
"You have to watch for foot rot,” said local farmer- Robert Miller “It’s so wet all the time and we put shell down in there."
We visited wildlife expert Brian Birchak to learn the science behind diseases like foot rot attacking animals.
"It is a bacterial infection indicative of exposure to lots of mud, and wet pastures,” said Brian Birchak with the Lehigh Gap Nature center. “Also it will soften the hooves which will lead to an increase of throwing horseshoes," he added.
He also explained the dangers the animals face.
"These are animals that rely on their feet more heavily than we do, so you can imagine an animal that stands much more often than we do having a bacterial infection in its hooves is going to have a lot of pain," added Birchak.
Hoof pain and reduced milk production in dairy cattle, and loss of weight in beef cattle are among the biggest problems.