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Louisiana authorities investigate cattle killed by mud riders


A Louisiana rancher found a disturbing scene on his property over the weekend — a cow and three calves dead after being run over, apparently by mud riders.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission and St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for the deaths.

On March 3, 2018 LDAF Brand Commission Inspectors received a complaint from a rancher in reference to cattle killed on the levee near Port Barre. A cow and three calves were found dead in the pasture portion of the levee.

Inspectors say it appears the cattle were run over by a truck. According to witnesses, they say they heard what sounded like trucks mud riding in the area around midnight on March 3.

“Whoever is responsible entered onto private property that is clearly marked as private on the gate. There are also signs posted that state cattle are present on property,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

In addition to the signs, the rancher had a security camera in place which had been ripped out.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Livestock Crimestoppers at 1-800-556-9714, the LDAF Hotline 1-855-452-5323, or St. Landry Parish Crimestoppers at 337-948-TIPS. You can also contact St. Landry Parish Crimestoppers online at All calls are anonymous and you could earn up to a $1,000 cash reward.

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