The call of a “man down” came into Placer County dispatchers just after 2:30 in the afternoon on Thursday from a well worker on Crater Hill Road.
When Cal Fire arrived on scene, they found an 81-year-old man down in a ram’s pen.
“To the best of my knowledge, he just saw him down, no one actually saw what happened or heard any commotion,” Sgt. Ed Clark of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department told FOX40.
Not long after, the man was declared dead and his wife was taken to an Auburn hospital with minor injuries. Sources tell FOX40 it was clear the man and ram had tangled in someway, but it was unclear when.
“We don’t know what the cause is. He was in an animal pen, but we have no idea if the animal was involved,” Clark said.
The ram was penned up and not running free and had plenty of food. It was left on the property by Placer County deputies.
“The issue of the ram will be left up to the family, whether they think it was involved or not, the autopsy might show some level of trauma consistent with that,” Clark said.
The Placer County coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine a cause of death.