Montana Ranchers Find Severed Heads of Cow, Elk

Anaconda police, Department of Livestock investigating poaching incidents

By Tristan Scott

BUTTE — Authorities are investigating after the heads of a cow and an elk were found severed on a road in western Montana.

The Montana Standard reports ranchers Darrell and Shauna Rogers called Anaconda police Sunday after they found the head of one of their cows with its tongue missing and a cigarette in its mouth.

They also found the head of an elk near the cow head in the middle of a road near the state land they lease for their cattle.

The bodies of the animals were not found.

Shauna Rogers says the road is frequented by hunters and cattle ranchers.

Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell says he has called the Montana Department of Livestock to help investigate. He says police do not have any suspects yet.

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