30 May 2022

Investigations continue into fatal livestock 'hit and run' at Tumorrana

| Anna Maskus
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The steers would have been around the same age and size as the Angus calf pictured here. Photo: Daniel Morton, Unsplash.

Cootamundra Rural Crime Investigators (RCIs) continue their investigations in Tumorrana after multiple livestock were fatally injured in April.

RCIs believe trespassers on the property committed what appears to be a hit-and-run on the two to three-month-old black Angus steers.

The landholder of the property on Wee-Jasper Road discovered one steer dead and another injured. Unfortunately, the second animal had to be euthanised due to the nature of its injuries.

He believes the steers had been run over by a vehicle.

Investigators suggested the offenders were illegally hunting on the property.

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According to the NSW Farm Crime Survey 2020, 81 per cent of farmers surveyed reported having been a victim of farm crime at least once.

Fifty-six per cent of rural crime victims experienced trespassing on their property and 46 per cent suffered illegal hunting.

A further 19 per cent of victims had harm caused to their animals.

Investigators believe the crime occurred between 15 and 18 April this year.

RCIs are continuing their inquiries into this incident.

If anyone has any information about this incident please contact Cootamundra RCIs on (02) 6942 0021 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or email crimestoppers.com.au

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