Cattle poaching problem continues in the North Okanagan

This is the fourth cow found shot to death on land leased by the Coldstream Ranch.
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VERNON - Another cow was found killed and left to rot over the weekend.

It was found Saturday, Oct. 10, on the Aberdeen Forest Service Road in Lavington. The cow appeared to have been shot, but no meat was taken. It’s the fourth cow to be found dead on range land leased by the Coldstream Ranch for cattle grazing.

Some cows have been partially butchered, others left whole. It’s unknown whether the killings are the work of one person, or different people. The Coldstream Ranch is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information. The cattle themselves are worth thousands of dollars.

The North Okanagan RCMP is also asking anyone who knows about any of the incidents to contact their nearest detachment.

The areas the cows were found in include the King Edward Forest Service Road, Postill Lake and the Aberdeen Forest Service Road.

Poaching cattle is a criminal offence and could result in criminal charges.

You can contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also contact Coldstream Ranch manager Brad McKim at 250-306-0666.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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