The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office has an opened an investigation after finding dead cattle on a property near Henry Coe Park in central California. Authorities believe the cows died due to a grazing rights dispute between the land owner and the cattle owner.
Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating a case involving several dead and buried cattle near Henry Coe Park in rural Santa Clara County. Sheriff Smith available for media 3:30pm @SCCoSheriff HQ. pic.twitter.com/8eKnTnUcaI
— SantaClaraCoSheriff (@SCCoSheriff) June 14, 2018
On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office was called to the Morgan Hill Ranch when nine cows were found in a makeshift shallow grave.
According to NBC Bay Area, the property owner and rancher clashed last week when the rancher wanted to take back his 60 head of cattle and the property owner refused to unlock the gate. When the cattle were finally released, the cattle owner claimed at least 26 were missing.
No arrests have been made yet as the Sheriff’s Department is still trying to determine how the cattle died and are actively searching the property to see if there are any more deceased livestock.