ONEIDA (KSNT) – “I’m 76 years-old. I’ve been farming on this actual farm here since 1965,” says farmer, Douglas Metzger.
In the last 50 years, he’s lost several livestock, even had some stolen, but never like what happened the other night.
“It appears that someone did actually shoot an animal and attempt to butcher that animal right where it was at,” says Nemaha County Sheriff, Richard Vernon.
The criminal was trespassing on Metzger’s land and killed the cow for its meat.
“If they wanted some meat, they could’ve come and asked me and I would’ve given them meat instead of them killing my critter. And wasting my 2,000 dollar critter, for 100 dollars worth of meat,” says Metzger.
If caught, the person could be charged with cruelty to animals and criminal damage to property.
“They’re [cows] worth a lot of money. But it takes a lot of money to farm today. And you don’t make a lot of profit when it’s all said and done,” says Metzger.
The last time cattle rustling was popular in Kansas was in the 1800’s, however, the Nemaha Sheriff’s Office is worried about similar incidents.
“We’re worried people are hearing about it and going ‘Oh woah, that’s a good way to get some meat,’ and there’s some concern with that,” says Vernon.
As for the ranchers, there’s little they can do. Many cattlemen own hundreds of acres and livestock, leaving them unable to guard every field and cow at all times.
The Nemaha County Sheriff’s office is asking for anyone with tips about this incident to come forward. Metzger is offering a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to a conviction.