- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine who illegally shot and killed two cows belonging to Eddy County cattle owners.

The killing has elicited a $1,000 reward from the Eddy County Cattle Growers, an organization devoted to issues affecting ranchers, The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported (https://bit.ly/1UEwPzP).

According to the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded June 11 to find the abandoned beef cattle. Investigators believe the animals were shot sometime between June 9 and June 11.

The total direct loss is estimated at $2,800, excluding additional costs such as potential future calves.

Undersheriff Mark Cage said it doesn’t appear the cattle were killed to obtain meat, as they had not been butchered.



“It appeared to be just cruelty. They just shot them for the sake of cruelty,” Cage said.

Sandi Wilkie said she and her husband have been expanding their herd for years and that one of the cows that was killed was part of a blood line that they have been cultivating.

“It’s taken 20 years to get us to the point where we are right now,” Wilkie said.

She said livestock killings are not uncommon in the county. Last year two of their bulls were shot and abandoned.

“I can have a little less heartburn if they took some meat, but they didn’t, they just shot them,” Wilkie said about both incidents.

For the most recent killings, Cage said those responsible could face repercussion ranging from a fine to jail time. Residents are encouraged to report any information they have about the recent incident.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, https://www.currentargus.com/

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