The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Tuesday confirmed that a Lame Deer man was killed by dogs.
The family of Duke Little Whirlwind told MTN News on Monday that a pack of dogs killed the 58-year-old man in what they described as a disturbing trend plaguing their community.
Family members said Whirlwind was found dead Sunday.
In a press release issued Tuesday, the BIA confirmed the cause of death.
"On Dec. 12, BIA Office of Justice Services law enforcement responded to a report of a person being attacked by dogs," the press release states. "When officers located the individual, there were no dogs present. The Rosebud County Sheriff/Coroner also responded. Following a preliminary autopsy, it was determined the cause of death was an attack by canines, with drugs and alcohol as contributing factors. To date, no dogs have been located or captured. The case remains open and under investigation by law enforcement."