Grant County, Ore., authorities are offering a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who shot and killed livestock near Long Creek, Ore.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer is seeking information about the shooting of two cattle in the Malheur National Forest east of Keeney Camp. One cow belonging to Keith Elliott of John Day, Ore., was found dead in mid-July. A second cow, owned by John and Nancy McElligott of Lone Rock, Ore., was found dead on the Long Creek Allotment about Aug. 15.

Several sheep owned by Richard and Beverly Courchesne of Long Creek, Ore., were also found dead. Over the past couple of years, Courchesne has reported that at least five sheep in a pasture adjacent to his ranch were shot and killed. Courchesne lives on County Road 18.

Palmer asks anyone with information about these or other suspicious activities to call 541-575-1131.

Contributors to this reward are the Grant County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Cattlemen's Association, Grant County Livestock Growers and a rancher.

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