North Dakota: Cattle shooting reward funds grow
October 3, 2012
When someone opened fire in a remote pasture near Hankinson, N.D., killing 13 cows and a calf in May, Richard Clise of Camano Island, WA, was outraged. He added $1,000 to the standing $1,000 reward fund offered by the North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) to "loosen the lips" of those who know about the shooting.
Clise hoped others would follow his lead. They did. Since Clise's donation, Ransom Angus of Rutland, ND; Sundance Farm Distributing of Hankinson, ND; Wade and Lynn Moser of Bismarck, ND; and Leona Bush of Bismarck, ND, each added $500 and an anonymous donor added $100 to the reward fund earmarked for the Hankinson case, bringing the total reward up to $4,100.
Bush said she donated the reward in memory of her uncle, rancher Wendelin Bohn.
In a separate but similar incident, someone shot nine head of cattle in Oliver County on the 4th of July. The animals' owners, Miles and Marjorie Tomac and John and Kim Dixon, all of Mandan, ND, have added $9,000 to the NDSA's standing $1,000 reward to help bring those livestock criminals to justice.
"Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for these ranching families," said NDSA Brand Board Chairman Steve Brooks of Bowman. "The NDSA is committed to bringing these criminals to justice." Brooks urges anyone who knows anything about these senseless crimes to contact the NDSA office at 701-223-2522 or the Richland County Sheriff's Department at 701-642-7711 or the Oliver County Sheriff's Department at 701-794-3450.
Individuals interested in enhancing either reward fund may also contact the NDSA for details.
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The NDSA has had a standing reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person caught stealing, butchering or shooting cattle, horses or mules within North Dakota since its inception in 1929. F
– North Dakota Stockmen's Association