Nearly 200 sheep have been shot dead in an attack at a Ngapara farm over the weekend.
Seventy sheep were found with gunshot wounds on Saturday morning and a further 110 from the same mob were found to have been shot on Sunday morning.
Oamaru Detective Warren Duncan said police want to hear from anyone in the Ngapara area who may have heard gunshots overnight on Friday or Saturday.
At this stage, they did not know who was behind the shooting and there were no known motives, he said.
“I’m hoping that the local community out there will be able to help.”
While he had heard of stock being shot before, the number of sheep killed was unusual, Detective Duncan said.
The sheep were owned by Peter and Janine Stackhouse who have a 650 acre farm between Conlans Rd and Paradise-Gully Rd with more than 2000 sheep.
Mr Stackhouse said he could not think of any reason for someone to come onto his property and shoot the uninsured sheep which were worth about $30,000.
“They were in the middle of the farm and not visible from any roads.”
He had gone to feed them and saw the sheep with blood coming from their heads at 9am on Saturday morning.
“I thought it must be a dog attack at first.”
He called the vet who advised him they were gunshot wounds and they spent the next few hours euthanising some of the wounded sheep which had not died.
Mr Stackhouse said he moved the rest of the mob two paddocks away but came back on Sunday morning to find more carnage.
Mrs Stackhouse said she was shocked by the incident and hoped someone who knew something would go to the police.
“We’re very gutted really that someone would do something like that.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this.”
The offenders would have had to walk 1km from the road to get to the sheep, she said.
Anyone with any information should call Detective Duncan on 433 1416.
By RUBY HARFIELD
PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD
SHOCKED OWNERS: Janine and Peter Stackhouse at their farm where 180 sheep were killed over the weekend.