3 Calves Shot and Killed: Leon County Sheriff Looking for Shooters
By Adam Hammons
LEON COUNTY- Three calves are dead and the Leon County Sheriff is looking for the people who shot and killed them for their meat.
The Sheriff's Office found two dead calves off of FM 831 a couple miles north of highway 75 south of Buffalo. Another calf was found a mile down the road closer to highway 75 that was also shot.
The Sheriff's Office believe they were shot by the same people. Officials say the first calf was killed Friday or Saturday while the other two were shot early Monday morning.
"You can go down the street shooting two or three calves," Chief Deputy Brent Walter said. "They were just after some free meat."
Walter says they shot the calves with a handgun and dragged one of the calves into their truck.
"They found a secluded spot and they started to skin what was left of it," Walter said. "And apparently somebody spooked them or something because they left it laying half skinned and took off."
If the same people killed all three calves that wouldn't be the first time they were spooked. The first calf was killed but was left with all its meat. Walter says he thinks dogs could have scared them away the first time.
Nearby ranchers are also hoping to spook them away again. Brian Lusk lives just down the street from where the two were killed Monday and says he's not happy with the people responsible.
"I don't want to catch them," Lusk said. "They don't want me to catch them, I guarantee you.
Lusk owns around 25 calves of his own and says he loves them. He says it's a violation to do something like this.
But it wasn't just the killing that offended Lusk. In order to get the calf, the suspects cut a barbed wire fence. Lusk says that can be more dangerous than you think.
"The worse thing about it is your cattle out on the highway," Lusk said. "So therefore you're endangering the traveling public. And they're hard to get back. It's more than just somebody thinking that they're going to get a little meat."
The Sheriff's Office says they are working on some leads. Walter says if they catch them, the suspects can be charged with theft of property. He says those calves can cost up to $1,100.
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