Cows, Goats Repeatedly Found Mysteriously Shot in Oklahoma

There have been several reports of cows and goats found dead under mysterious circumstances in Oklahoma after being shot over the past several weeks.

In a Facebook post shared on Wednesday, the Mayes County Sheriff's Office in Oklahoma said that they had received reports the day before of a cow being shot "in the area of W. 460 and N 442 roads in Pryor."

Speaking with Newsweek, Major Rod Howell of the Mayes County Sheriff's Office said that the person who owned the cow showed a picture of the dead animal to officers. The cow was valued between $800 and $1,000 according to Howell.

After the shooting, the cow's owner told officers that he observed a small four-door "compact car." But due to the incident occurring at night, the person could not distinguish the color, the make or the model of the vehicle leaving the scene.

According to Howell, in the area where the cow was mysteriously shot on Tuesday, there have been several other similar reports of farm animals being found dead, including goats and other cows.

Howell told Newsweek that the Mayes County Sheriff's Office on April 28 received a report of two goats being shot, just north of the area where the cow was shot on Tuesday.

While officers have not yet been able to identify a suspect in either of the two mysterious shootings, Howell said that he believes "since it's the same area" it's likely the same person or group of people carrying out the mysterious shootings.

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A cow and two calves cross the road in rural Lamadera, New Mexico. There have been several reports of cows and goats found dead under mysterious circumstances in Oklahoma after being shot over the past several weeks. Robert Alexander/Getty

"I believe that these are possibly connected," Howell told Newsweek. "I believe it's basically done in the same way, shot from the road, believed to be a smaller caliber weapon. I think someone's getting entertainment off of this and it's very disturbing."

According to Howell, both the goats and the cow that were shot were left dead in the area where the incident occurred and the suspected shooter did not try and retrieve the animals for themselves. Howell also noted that he does not believe that any of the people who had their animals shot were targeted.

"There's not a sport for it, it's not hunting season for it obviously," Howell told Newsweek. "There's no other reason for this but just basically for some person getting some type of sick pleasure out doing this, which is very disturbing that we have somebody in our community going around shooting like this."

While the investigation into each of these shootings is ongoing, Howell suggested that due to similar incidents in the past, he believes it could be a group of juveniles.

"We've had similar incidents in the past year, which is concerning obviously because we believe it's just somebody doing it randomly. We don't think anybody singled these people out. We think that somebody is doing this randomly," Howell said. "We've had it in the past. I'm not saying juveniles are to blame—I'm just saying we've had in the past where we've had people just joyriding and randomly shooting cattle like this, which is pretty sick and disturbing to me."

Howell added that the Mayes County Sheriff's Office will continue its investigation and hopefully "find the perpetrator and bring him to justice with animal cruelty charges," which would lead to civil remedies for the cost of the animals.