Cattlemen concerned about recent rustling cases

By James Peters / Tanya Cronin
October 17, 2016 - 4:42pm Updated: October 17, 2016 - 5:31pm

KAMLOOPS — The general manager of the BC Cattlemen's Association says poaching incidents like the one reported in the Westsyde area over the weekend are more common than the general public believes.

The Bishop family north of Westsyde found a pregnant heifer shot in the face Saturday, with its hind legs and tenderloins taken.

Even though the ranchers have offered a $25,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction, Kevin Boon says the story is not particularly unique.

"We suspect that somewhere between eight and ten percent of our losses can be attributed to foul play such as this. Either theft, butchering, or in some cases some just find it sporting just to shoot them and leave them," explained Boon.

Boon says it's a total loss for the ranchers, even though only about one-quarter of the animal's present value was taken by the poachers.

He notes the RCMP have committed to reinstating a livestock-focused officer, and he says it needs to happen sooner than later.

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