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Published May 21, 2012, 01:30 PM

Investigators looking for suspect who shot 14 Hankinson cattle

Hankinson, ND (WDAY TV) - Investigators are working to track down someone who shot and killed 14 cattle in a southeastern North Dakota pasture.

Investigators are working to track down someone who shot and killed 14 cattle in a southeastern North Dakota pasture. It's not the first time this rancher has been targeted. Richland County authorities are searching for a lead in this case and wondering if this could be caused by any disputes in the area.

Authorities say the livestock owner, David Kluge, reported the incident Friday morning eight miles southwest of Hankinson. In all, 13 of his cows were shot dead, and another had to be put down because of its injuries.

Authorities say the shooter walked into this section of trees to kill the animals, and it's not an area you'd likely stumble across. This is a remote dead end road, and the fenced-in tree area is a couple of hundred yards past these no trespassing signs posted by David Kluge. With a donkey killed in December the sheriff is looking at the possibility Kluge is being targeted.

Sheriff Larry Leshovsky – Richland County: “With this number of animals being killed and him again you have to take a look at, yeah, is this some type of vendetta type something that's going on there.”

The value of those killed animals is about $30,000. The North Dakota BCI and North Dakota Stockman's Association are assisting on this case. The Stockman's Association has its own investigator and is putting up a thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

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