$10,000 reward offered in Lincoln County cattle killing

LINCOLN COUNTY, Colo. — Someone is killing cattle in eastern Colorado and investigators are working to round up the shooter.

There is a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials said there have been multiple incidents of cattle being shot and killed north of Hugo.

“These cattle are the source of income for many families! Anyone who could do these terrible acts needs to face justice,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. “This must end.”

On July 30, the sheriff’s office posted that “another” cow had been shot and killed.

A few days later, cattle owners north of Hugo put up $6,000 for information leading to the shooter. On Monday, that reward was raised to $10,000.

“You know how someone feels when their home is invaded? That’s how I feel. They come onto my property and take something from me that’s very valuable,” said cattle rancher Ben Orrell, who lost two cows to the shooter on Sept. 27, 2014.

“We put together a $10,000 reward. I’d like to think in today’s economy that might be enough to get somebody to talk.”

“It is time to evaluate your loyalty to this CRIMINAL,” the sheriff’s office said. “Would this person keep YOUR secret with a $10,000 reason not to?”

“This is the act of someone with a low moral compass,” said Capt. Michael Yowell with the sheriff’s office. “It’s cruelty. It’s criminal. It’s unbelievable that somebody would do this.”

Investigators are urging people to call 911 if they see anything suspicious on Lincoln County roads, especially between Bovina and Hugo.

“North of the Lincoln County Road and Bridge Shop and on Highway 109 is of specific concern,” investigators said.

“Remember, from a safe distance, get a vehicle description, license plate number and direction of travel if possible,” the sheriff’s office urged.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 719-743-2426.