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The North Dakota Stockmenâ€™s Associationâ€™s reward fund for two cases of livestock shootings in the state has risen from a combined $2,000 to $14,100.
The organization has had standing rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person caught stealing, butchering or shooting cattle, horses or mules in the state since 1929.
NDSA Board Chairman Steve Brooks said there is a growing groundswell of citizen support for the victims of such crimes.
â€śThank you to everyone who has shown their support for these ranching families,â€ť Brooks said in a news release. The NDSA is committed to bringing these criminals to justice.â€ť
The group says outrage over a rash of livestock shootings has led to donations that have quadrupled the standing $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the killing of 14 head of cattle in Hankinson. That reward is now $4,100.
The Stockmenâ€™s Association also reported that the owners of nine cows shot in Oliver County over the Fourth of July have added $9,000 to the original standing $1,000 reward.
The Hankinson rewardâ€™s recent growth came in part to the story reaching the ears of Richard Clise in Camano Island, Wash. Clise told the NDSA he was donating an additional $1,000 to the reward fund to â€śloosen the lips,â€ť of anyone with information.
Support followed from Sundance Farm Distributing in Hankinson, Ransom Angus of Rutland, and private citizens Wade and Lynn Moser and Leona Bush of Bismarck, who each donated $500 each, with an anonymous donor adding another $100.
Anyone with knowledge in either case is asked to call the Richland County Sheriffâ€™s Department at (701) 642-7711 or the Oliver County Sheriffâ€™s Department at (701) 794-3450. Information regarding the case and donations to the reward funds can be given to the NDSA at (701) 223-2522.