Multiple rewards offered in cattle mutilation cases

By Chris Swick
January 08, 2016
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More reward money is being offered for information about the two cattle mutilation incidents in McPherson and Harvey Counties.

Kansas Farm Bureau announced Thursday they will be offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the deaths of a bull and a cow found dead in Harvey and McPherson Counties in December and January, respectively.

Additionally, the Kansas Livestock Association is offering $2,500 for the Harvey County case.

The McPherson County incident happened north of Canton overnight New Year's Eve and into New Year's Day. The cow was found by farmer John Shearer missing her eyes, with an autopsy showing nothing visibly wrong with the animal.

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton told the Kansas Information Network a rancher discovered the bull on Dec. 18.

“They notified me that there were no bullets, nothing to indicate it was shot,” Walton said. “That, in fact, it had it's genitals removed and they appeared to be surgically cut off.”

The KLA reward is for Harvey County only as the rancher was a KLA member.

Shearer, meanwhile, has put up his own reward offer of $5,000 for information. The McPherson County game warden is looking into his case.