Cow/calf shot and butchered illegally in Louis Creek area

Oct. 26, 2014, Barriere RCMP received a complaint of a cow shot and partially butchered

A calf was found been shot and butchered on range in the Bartlett Service Road area.  The cow was also found in the area partially butchered with the rear quarters cut away, leaving the gut sack in place and the back straps cut out but the removal not completed.   This is the second recent incident of cattle theft and killing cattle in the area, which is an indictable offence with a prison term of up to 10 years.  If you have any information about this crime please report it to the Barriere RCMP or Crimestoppers.

A calf was found been shot and butchered on range in the Bartlett Service Road area. The cow was also found in the area partially butchered with the rear quarters cut away, leaving the gut sack in place and the back straps cut out but the removal not completed.  This is the second recent incident of cattle theft and killing cattle in the area, which is an indictable offence with a prison term of up to 10 years. If you have any information about this crime please report it to the Barriere RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Barriere RCMP   At 10 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2014, Barriere RCMP received a complaint of a cow shot and partially butchered on Bartlett Forest Service Road, at the 3.1 km mark on the lower road.  Witness information confirms the offence occurred between 10 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 25, and the morning of Oct. 26, before 7:00 a.m.  An RCMP member attended the area and located the complainant who explained there were two locations, not just the cow, but a calf as well.   Police attended the area locating a calf, 50 metres from the upper road turnoff, that had been killed and the rear half behind the ribs had been cut off and removed.   The calf was small, brown and white in colour.  Police travelled 600 metres further up the lower road and located the cow near the roadway.  The member checked the area around the cow noting a short blood trail indicating the cow was likely shot just up the hill, bled and travelled down, falling and rolling into position.  The rear quarters were cut away leaving the gut sack in place and the back straps were being cut out but not completed.   There was another calf missing from this unit and being looked for at this time of this report.   This is the second recent incident of cattle theft and killing cattle in the area.  This is a serious criminal offence and the theft of the cattle is a straight indictable offence with a prison term of up to 10 years.  The killing of the cattle is also an indictable offence with a term of up to five years.  In each offence the burden of proving the cattle was not taken without consent lies upon the accused.  This offence is very troubling with such a waste of an animal, loss of money from the owner and the real potential of going to jail if caught and convicted.  The Barriere RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance with this case to identify the perpetrators and bring them before the courts.  If you or anyone you know has information about this crime or any other crime that you would like to report please contact the local Barriere RCMP Detachment at 250-672-9918 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), you can remain anonymous by calling either.  Submitted by Cpl. Darin Underhill.

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