Ranchers and their supporters in northeastern Nevada have been building a reward fund after more than two dozen head of cattle have been shot in the area.

Twenty-six head of cattle have been shot, resulting in seven dead animals. Six have been shot near Wells, Nev., and two are near death, the Elko Daily Free Press reported.

The 19 cattle not killed mostly suffered gut-shots. Some had open abdominal wounds, and others were left with their intestines dangling outside their bodies.

An $8,850 reward and an additional $10,365 for a conviction of the person who has been shooting the cattle have been established by the Nevada Cattlemen's Association, Farm Bureau, Department of Agriculture, businesses and citizens.

Those who wish to contribute to the funds may contact the Nevada Cattlemen's Association. The investigation continues.

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