It has been reported that an in-calf heifer had be put down following a gun attack on a farm recently, where she received severe facial injuries.
The two-and-a-half year-old blue-grey in-calf heifer, from the farm of Andrew Smith was found the day after last week's big thunderstorms.
Almost 50 members from his cattle herd had escaped into a local forestry to shelter from the storm.
Mr Smith told The Scottish Farmer:
“Its face was all swollen on one side and blood was coming out of its nose. It was struggling to breathe. We had to put it to the slaughterhouse to put it down,"
Andrew believes a small rifle was used in the attack.
“There are plenty of people that shoot animals who know what they’re doing, but obviously this person doesn’t know what they’re doing and it’s not safe, is it?” reported The Press and Journal.
Police have confirmed that they are currently investigating the incident, which is believed to have occurred between July 20 and 7.30 am on July 22, but as of yet there have been no arrests made in relation to it.
One possibility is that poachers were in the forest shooting deer under the cover of the thunder, but as Mr Smith said to The Scottish Farmer, was the police's job to investigate the crime, and his job to get on with farming.
‘I’m not happy that people are wandering around with guns who don't know what they are doing. You shouldn't be pulling a trigger if you don't know what you are aiming at."
Mr Smith stressed that sheep rustling was now 'rife' in parts of the Highlands and Islands, but doubted that the perpetrator or perpetrators of the attack on his heifer had done so with the intention of making a profit from the sale of its meat, as the animal was too heavy to easily remove from that location.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have information regarding this incident.