IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Cattle Association is offering $1,000 rewards for information leading to arrests in two recent cattle shootings.
Both incidents occurred about three weeks ago. ICA President Jerald Raymond, of Menan, said his organization is cooperating with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office on the investigation into the shooting of eight cows and calves in the Upper Fall Creek area below Palisades Reservoir.
Raymond said four of five members of the area’s grazing association lost cattle.
“These people just shot these cows and left them to rot,” Raymond said.
Raymond said some of the cows were pregnant. Some nursing calves lost their mothers and some cows lost their calves, he said. Bonneville County sheriff’s investigators couldn’t be reached for comment.
The other shooting occurred on public land near Blackfoot Reservoir, about 25 miles east of Blackfoot. Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland said his office has been cooperating in the Bonneville County case but hasn’t formally investigated the shooting in his county because the property owners never filed a police report.
“I got information about it from my secretary, whose mother runs cattle up that way,” Rowland said.
Rowland heard three or four cows and calves were killed. Even though a formal report wasn’t filed, Rowland said his deputies have increased patrols of Bureau of Land Management grazing terrain in the Wolverine Canyon area east of Blackfoot. Increased patrolling will continue until snowy weather arrives, he said.
Cattle shootings occur sporadically and are tough cases to close, he said.
“Last year and the year before we didn’t have any, and then we get a rash of them,” Rowland said.