Colorado rancher dies in lightning strike

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Mike Morgan, 51, was killed on May 25 after a fatal lightning strike while feeding his pairs in Jackson County, Colorado, according to His Cavvy Foundation on a Facebook post.

His wife, Niki, was on horseback about 200 feet away, and it knocked her off her horse. It killed 34 cows and three calves that surrounded him; several other cattle were knocked to the ground and survived.

For years, the family was based in Walden, Colorado. The Morgans have always worked on a local ranch and have just recently had the opportunity to purchase 300 pairs of their own, His Cavvy Foundation noted. This was a lifelong dream for these two. Niki had spent all winter calving these pairs out while Mike held down a job at Silver Spur Ranches.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a 17-year-old daughter, Dallas.