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More barbado sheep dead or missing

By Elena Watts
Dec. 12, 2013 at 6:12 a.m.
Updated Dec. 13, 2013 at 6:13 a.m.


HOW TO HELP

Call Calhoun County Crime Stoppers at 361-552-CASH with any information about the missing and dead livestock. Tips that lead to an arrest pay a reward of up to $2,000 for this crime. Callers can remain anonymous.

Four more of the six barbado sheep that Wayne and Karen Daggs purchased in early October disappeared or were mutilated during the Thanksgiving holiday.

One was killed in October, and one has managed to avoid harm, the Daggses said.

Since March, the Daggses have lost 26 sheep on their Port Lavaca property.

The couple purchased more sheep because they missed having them, and they wanted to determine what was happening.

While the Daggses were away between Nov. 26 and 30, one female sheep disappeared, and three were killed.

By the time the Daggses returned, vultures had ravaged most of the carcasses.

The question of who or what is killing the animals continues to baffle the owners.

"I can't picture just one person doing this," said Karen Daggs. "Maybe it's a cult of some kind."

Ninety percent of the time, coyotes or dogs are responsible for the death and mutilation of livestock, said Eddie Davis, a predatory trapper and biologist.

The thought that aliens or extra terrestrials had something to do with the deaths has been ruled out.

Teresa Turner, Texas state director for the Mutual UFO Network, said, "I believe it is one big coyote or dog."

Turner collected and studied one carcass when she visited the Daggs' property in early October.

The Humane Society of the United States has offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a perpetrator.

A private donor has promised another $2,500 for the same outcome.

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