The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has announced a $3,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for a string of shootings that have left a number of livestock dead north and east of Long Creek, Oregon. Contributors to this reward are the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Grant County Livestock Growers and a Grant County rancher.
Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer is seeking help from the public with information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for killing of two cattle that were located on the Malheur National Forest east of Keeney Camp. Sheriff Palmer reports that one cow belonging to Keith Elliott of John Day, Oregon was discovered in mid July. The cause of death of that animal is listed as a gunshot wound.
A second cow owned by John and Nancy McElligott, LLC of Lone Rock, Oregon was discovered dead on Long Creek Allotment on or about the 15th of August. This cow was determined to have been shot as well.
The Grant County Sheriff’s office has also been alerted to the death of several sheep owned by Richard and Beverly Courchesne of Long Creek, Oregon. Sheriff Palmer reports that over the past couple of years, Courchesne has reported numerous incidents where at least five sheep in a pasture adjacent to his ranch have been shot and killed. Courchesne resides adjacent to Grant County Road 18.
Sheriff Palmer states this area is relatively remote and catching someone in the act of committing this type of crime is most difficult. Sheriff Palmer asks that those whom visit our public lands or remote areas be aware of suspicious activity. Sheriff Palmer asks the public to obtain a license plate number from those vehicles and report criminal activity by calling the Grant County Sheriff at 541-575-1131.