Authorities investigating butchered and missing livestock cases in Sioux County, N.D.

Farm Forum

Amid a pair of reports about butchered cattle and bison and other dead and missing livestock in Sioux County, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) is advising livestock producers in the area to keep an extra keen eye on their herds and to report any suspicious activity to authorities immediately.

The NDSA and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department are working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate two cases near Cannonball, N.D. One involves a dead saddle horse, four dead cows and more than 30 head of missing cattle. The other involves three dead bison. In both cases, some animals appear to have been butchered.

The NDSA has a standing reward of up to $14,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person stealing, butchering or shooting cattle, horses or mules in the state. Anyone with information about these cases should call NDSA Chief Brand Inspector Stan Misek at (701) 223-2522 or (701) 720- 2430 or Sioux County Sheriff Frank Landeis at (701) 854-3481.

Misek suggest producers keep an up-to-date head count, be on the watch for any unusual activity and/or strange vehicles in the area and notify the NDSA or law enforcement of anything out of the ordinary.