By Jonathan Carson
Police are investigating the discovery of two cattle carcasses that they believe were shot and butchered by poachers on a forestry track near Nelson.
The bodies of two friesian-cross yearlings were found on Tuesday on the north side of Jacob's Ladder on the Thorpe-Orinoco Rd, about 55 kilometres west of Nelson.
Sergeant Rob Crawford said the cattle appeared to have been shot and their identification tags had been removed.
He said whoever dumped the carcasses had removed the back legs and back steaks.
"They've taken the best bits of meat and dumped the rest."
He said there was little doubt the animals had been poached on a farm and butchered before being dumped on the forestry track.
"We'd be very keen to hear from anyone who has information about who might be responsible," he said.
"It's a continuing problem in the rural sector and it costs farmers a hell of a lot of money. It's unacceptable."
Police would also like to identify the owner of the cattle.
Anyone with information about this incident or other poaching should call their local police station.
Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.