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Cattle killed on county roads, no suspects so far

BUFFALO, SD – In this part of the country of Harding County in South Dakota when livestock are accidentally hit by a vehicle, the first contact made is usually with the landowner and then  the county sheriff.

So when cattle started showing up dead on county roads with no reports made, Sheriff Wyatt Sabo sees it as a problem.

“It occurred on three different county roads but all that are close together,” says Sheriff Sabo. “These incidences have happened two months apart – with a total of four head killed –  leaving no signs of attempts to brake to avoid hitting the cattle.”

Besides locals, Sheriff Sabo says others use the county roads as well.

“There’s hunters, people traveling to the oil fields,” and he adds, “it could be a semi.  We just don’t know.”

Both killing locations show no evidence of vehicle damage, another thing the Sheriff finds odd.

“When livestock are hit you expect to see damage debris,” he observes. “But we’re not seeing any of that at either locations.”

There are no suspects according to the Sheriff, who is asking for the public’s help. “We’re asking the public keep their eyes open and report any vehicles that seem-outof place or shows signs of front-end damage.” He adds, “Try to get plate numbers.”

Contact the Harding County Sheriff’s Office in Buffalo, SD with any information at 605-375-3414.

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