Law enforcement officials are hoping the public can shed light on who shot and killed 14 cattle near Hankinson, ND.

According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office:

“Someone went into a pasture owned by David Kluge about eight miles southwest of Hankinson and reportedly opened fire, shooting and killing 13 cows and one calf.”

Kluge told authorities all but one likely died instantly; one cow was critically wounded and had to be destroyed.

Monday night, Kluge said he was working to keep the calves of the cows that died healthy.

“It’s been chaotic,” he says. “I’m just trying to keep myself together and keep up with them.”

Kluge found the animals Friday morning.

Authorities are investigating the case as criminal mischief. They believe this might not have been a random incident. The pasture is at the end of a remote dead-end road. An abandoned house sits on the land, a fenced-in tree area that is a couple hundred yards past “no trespassing” signs posted by Kluge.

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