NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - An unprecedented, out-of-the-blue case for authorities in Assumption Parish.
Sheriff's deputies are not sure whether this is a prank or a deranged act of animal cruelty. However, they do say there is a shooter out there killing someone's cows.
Enaux Rivere, Jr. is a third generation cowboy.
The 64-year-old raises cows for show on his Highway 402 property. He loves sharing his cattle with south Louisiana, but unfortunately now, he's also sharing a real tragedy.
"If someone doesn't scare this guy or catch him, I'm afraid he's coming back," said Rivere.
Rivere says someone is killing his cows.
One was wounded in January, another shot dead just last week.
"There's a car that drove up, parked on the side of the road and shot a cow.
The cow dropped and bled to death," said Rivere.
When Rivere came home and made the discovery, he called the sheriff's office.
Investigators believe the shooter's weapon is a high-powered rifle.
"This kind of just comes out of the blue as far as why would somebody just randomly or even intentionally just pick a cow and just decide to shoot it," said Deputy Robert Martin, Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.
The state department of agriculture is also investigating. The department is offering a one thousand dollar reward.
The sheriff is pitching in an additional $500 for a total of $1500 for information leading to an arrest.
Rivere says his cow that was killed was worth $2,000.
Perhaps ironically, both shootings did not happen under a cover of darkness. They happened in the middle of the afternoon in broad daylight.
If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call Assumption Parish detectives at 985-526-1627 or the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission at 1-800-558-9741. Authorities say you can remain anonymous.