As a former sheep rancher, I am horrified by the story of the dead and dying sheep in Paso Robles.
I don’t believe these sheep died from “storm-related” circumstances: I think they died from simple starvation. If sheep are healthy, they withstand rain and wind very well. These sheep were skin and bones, and being freshly shorn “too early” was the final blow. They lost what little protection they had as the rancher sold the coats off their backs.
If a livestock rancher cannot afford to feed his/her animals during droughts and hard times, he/she should not own livestock.
I fear this story will be repeated as the climate continues to change. If you see animals starving, speak up. They can’t speak for themselves.