At least 36 cows belonging to a herder identified as Ladam, were struck dead on Saturday, by thunder at Ijare sacred hill in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Reports have it that the herdsmen taking care of them have since fled after the cows they took to graze at the mountain top died.
The hill is said to be only visited by the king of the town and some chiefs once in a year, during the celebration of the new yam festival, to perform some rituals.
When the traditional ruler, Olujare of Ijare, Oba Adegbamigbe Oluwagbenigun, was informed he delegated some chief to confirm.
A report was later made to the Police to avoid breakdown of law and order, after which the hill became a tourist centre, as people from within and outside the community trooped to the scene to see the dead cows.
A community source who spoke on the issue said the Fulani herdsmen incurred the wrath of their gods by desecrating the sacred groove which is forbidden in the town.