5 cows, 2 calves found shot dead in Pine Valley; authorities seek public's help

A nursing cow lies dead from a gunshot wound in a large field near Pine Valley, approximately 10 miles northwest of Central, Utah, Monday. Seven cows were shot and killed as the animals grazed in a massive pastureland in Washington County over the weekend – deaths that authorities believe were intentional acts.

A nursing cow lies dead from a gunshot wound in a large field near Pine Valley, approximately 10 miles northwest of Central, Utah, Monday. Seven cows were shot and killed as the animals grazed in a massive pastureland in Washington County over the weekend – deaths that authorities believe were intentional acts. (Cody Blowers, St. George News)


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ST. GEORGE — Seven cows were shot and killed as the animals grazed in a massive pastureland in Washington County over the weekend — deaths authorities believe were the intentional act of an unknown suspect who shot each animal one right after the other.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, which involves seven cattle — five cows and two nursing calves — that were shot dead within a 65,000-acre section of grazing land approximately 10 miles northwest of Central in Pine Valley on Sunday.

Residents living in Pine Valley reported hearing the sound of gunshots coming from the grazing area shortly after nightfall on Saturday and called the Washington County Sheriff's Office to report the incident, according to emails received by St. George News.

Deputies then notified the ranchers who own the livestock. The following morning, the animals were found lying dead in the grazing lands. The carcasses were scattered across the property just yards from one another and over 100 yards from the side of the roadway.

Read the entire story at St. George News.

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