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Cattle apparently shot and killed near Ashland

 Posted: 6:05 PM September 14, 2012

Three cows and two calves were found fatally shot last weekend outside Ashland.

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers are investigating the shootings, which occurred near the intersection of Dead Indian Memorial and the Keno Access roads, OSP said in a news release.

On Sept. 9, OSP Senior Trooper Jim Collom was called to the scene and found the animals' bodies laying within 100 yards of each other.

Collom suspects the two calves died around Labor Day weekend, while the cows appeared to have died several days later.

A reward of up to $6,500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible in this case. The reward offer includes $4,000 in contributions from the Oregon Cattleman's Association, Jackson County Stockman's Association, Dead Indian Stockman's Association, and a private citizen. The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust is also offering a reward of up to $2,500.

Anyone with information regarding these deaths is asked to call the Turn-In-Poachers TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or contact Senior Trooper Jim Collom at 541-618-7997.

— Chris Conrad

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