The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association said a donation of $1,000 has doubled the reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for shooting 14 cows in a North Dakota pasture.
Richard Clise of Camono Island, Wash., contributed to the reward fund, hoping the extra money will persuade someone with details of the event to step forward. Although Clise is not a rancher himself, his family has ranching interests.
David Kluge lost 13 cows and a calf when someone entered his pasture southwest of Hankinson, N.D., and shot the animals on May 17th. The animals were worth an estimated $30,000.
The Stockmen’s Association has a standing reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person stealing, butchering or shooting cattle, horses or mules in North Dakota. The reward was established by Western North Dakota cattle ranchers at the organization’s inaugural meeting in June 1929.
“We are grateful for Mr. Clise’s generous donation,” said NDSA Brand Board Chairman Steve Brooks, a rancher from Bowman, N.D. “We are hopeful that the increased reward will entice people to help us bring whoever is responsible for this senseless livestock crime to justice. The NDSA is committed to protecting the state’s livestock producers and their livelihood.”
If you have any information about the Richland County case, contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Office at (701) 642-7711 or Frederikson at (701) 290-3993. If you have information regarding other livestock-related crimes, contact the NDSA at (701) 223-2522.
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