A cattle owner in Valdres has reported injuries suffered by 10 of his free-grazing cattle to police after the animals were found bloody and with deep cuts earlier this week. One cow had to have her tail amputated and it’s feared someone has intentionally abused the small herd.
Farmer Embrik Før of Vestre Slidre found his herd injured and summoned wildlife authorities, who confirmed that the injuries were not caused by any predators. Før said he checked the grazing area for any sharp equipment or barbed wire that the cattle could have injured themselves on, but found nothing.
Police therefore are investigating whether people are behind the injuries. “If that’s so, it’s tragic, and our job is to find out who did this and when,” local sheriff Jan Aune told state broadcaster NRK.
Monica Dahlback, of the animal protection organization Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge, said grazing animals are especially vulnerable to abuse because they’re not under constant watch. “Unfortunately this is not shocking,” Dahlback told NRK. “Free-grazing animals are exposed, especially sheep who roam in outlying areas.”
All the animals survived the abuse, while some needed surgery on their wounds. They were recovering in their owner’s barn.