CARDSTON – Following a string of thefts of calves from farms, officers from the Southern Alberta RCMP Livestock section are asking for the public’s help.
Police say between Feb. 19 and April 22, a total of 26 calves have been reported stolen from farms in the Cardston, Picture Butte and Blood Tribe areas.
On Feb. 19, a rancher in the Picture Butte area reported that over the course of a month, 17 calves were taken from his property in a series of events.
According to investigators, tire tracks and unlocked gates have led them to determine the animals were stolen.
On March 31, two calves were reported stolen from a farm in the Cardston area and tracks in the field once again indicated the animals had been stolen deliberately.
A two-day-old calf was taken out of a calving barn in the Cardston area on April 1, and then on April 22, another victim reported six calves stolen from his farm on the Blood Reserve.
Police say in all instances the calves were young animals still nursing, and there’s no indication they were taken by animal predators. It’s unclear at this point whether these four instances were committed by the same person(s).
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCMP’s Southern Alberta Livestock Section at 403-420-4972. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477.
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