UPDATE: As of October 8, 2019…
The Fort St. John RCMP confirm that necropsies were conducted on both the bull and the horse in these files.
Veterinarian findings in the horse file concluded that the horse died of a perforated bowel. Upon closer inspection of the genital area, it was concluded that there were marks in close proximity to each other that are very consistent with that of small animal claws which was confirmed by a pathologist.
The necropsy conducted on the bull was not able to determine a specific cause of death.
Consultation with the BC RCMP Livestock Section, support the conclusion that the physical damage was caused by scavengers as their first target is almost always soft tissue.
The Fort St. John RCMP confirm there is still no discernable link between the two incidents and trust these investigations should bring relief to our local livestock producers.
FORT ST. JOHN, BC: The Fort St. John RCMP is currently investigating two deaths involving livestock…
The first suspicious incident reported to RCMP on September 22 stated a bull was found dead with its genitals missing. Police also mention the bull died before September 22.
Then on October 1, 2019, RCMP received a report of a horse found dead and it was also missing its genitals.
In both instances, the RCMP attended to investigate but were unable to determine a cause of death. There is no indication they died due to predators and it is unclear whether the two events are related but both are considered suspicious in nature.
Here are a few steps that can be implemented in order to assist local animal producers in protecting their livestock:
- Check that your fences and gates are intact and properly secure your property and animals,
- Check your livestock regularly – ensure all your livestock are accounted for on a regular basis,
- If/when you are able, secure your livestock in a safe location, in a barn or corrals, close to your farm property, especially at night,
- If you have a dog and you hear it bark, check to see if there is anything suspicious outside, and report to police accordingly,
- If you find an animal that may have died under suspicious circumstances, report to police as soon as you are able,
- Talk to your neighbours and compare notes on any suspicious vehicles in the area, and report accordingly,
- If you have a specific area of concern, consider using hunter/wildlife cams that might provide photo or video surveillance in the event someone enters your property.
- Don’t take matters into your own hands, rather call police to deal with any have suspicious persons that do not have permission to access your property.
The Fort St. John RCMP continue to investigate and is asking anyone who has information on this matter to contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.