|Updated: 10/19 5:28 pm
||Published: 10/18 3:04 pm
Nowata County ranchers are keeping a close eye on their herds.
They told FOX23 that three cows have been killed by an unknown gunman. Each were hit just a few weeks apart, but all within a small area off highway 169.
A 1-month-old calf lost his mom this week. Jared Collins and his wife Heather lost a 1,300-pound black Angus.
"We just don't understand how somebody could do something like that to people that have herds that do make a living off it," said Heather.
That cow was worth about $2,000.
"She was shot between her eyes and the blood trail followed all the way to the back of the pond. Somebody killed my cow and I mean what do you do from there on? You're in shock because you don't think it's going to happen to you," she said.
County Commissioner Doug Sonenberg said it's happened to two other nearby ranchers.
"The first one was 2 miles due south of where we're standing right now," he said.
And the other, just a mile away. So he says they're bringing in backup from the Department of Agriculture.
"We have two special agents from there coming in on Monday to talk to all three of the owners of these cattle," he said.
Sonenberg thinks the shooter is probably still somewhere in the area.
"We just never thought anything like this would happen, especially around here," Heather said.
The Collins are watching their herds even more closely in hopes that the shooter gets caught.
The total estimated loss for the area is about $4,500 to $5,000 for all three of the killed cattle.