CANYON, Texas — Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger H.L. Dempsey and local authorities are seeking information after a Angus steer was found shot to death on a ranch south of Canyon.
A cash reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to the indictment or arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime. Operation Cow Thief, an anti-theft initiative led by TSCRA, is offering a $500 reward, with the two victims offering a combined $2,500 additional reward.
On June 27, 2017, a landowner found the 600-pound Angus steer dead in his pasture. It is believed that an unidentified suspect, or suspects, shot the animal from FM 1714, also known as Buffalo Lake Road, sometime between the afternoon of June 25 and evening of June 27, 2017.
The case is being investigated by the Randall County Sherriff’s Department with the assistance of TSCRA’s Special Rangers. Anyone with information that could help identify the perpetrator should call TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at (888) 830-2333, Special Ranger H.L. Dempsey at (806) 356-6101, or the Randall County Sheriff’s Department.
All information is kept confidential and tips may be provided anonymously.
TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have extensive knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
TSCRA is a 140-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,500 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 55,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.