Three rangers and three ranchers are on their way up a mountain near Aspen to carve up cattle found frozen in a cabin before the carcasses thaw.

Bill Kight of the U.S. Forest Service says the group started out early Thursday with plans to cut up the remains and scatter them.

Air Force Academy cadets snowshoeing in late March found the dead cattle in and around the cabin near the Conundrum Hot Springs. Rangers believe the cows wandered into the structure during a snowstorm but couldn't get out.

Forest Service officials were trying to figure how to get rid of the dead animals before they defrost and decompose. They explored burning or blowing up the cabin with explosives but decided to cut up the carcasses instead.