Aussie family is destroyed as their pet American bison & # 39; Chief & # 39; is killed and butchered for his skin by & # 39; trophy hunters & # 39;
- The hunters shot and shot the bison and left her body behind
- John Van Stroe said he was so destroyed that he did not call the police until later in the day
- Mr. Van Stroe called the murder & # 39; cruel & # 39; but also has a bison coat worth $ 12,000
- The family offers $ 20,000 to anyone with information about the killer
A horrified family has described the moment when they discovered their pet. American bison called & # 39; Chief & # 39; was shot and skinned for his fur.
John Van Stroe keeps a herd of American bison on their property in Bucca, New South Wales, of which Chief was the patriarch.
Mr. Van Stroe said that his beloved bison is a & # 39; soft giant & # 39; and that he was a & # 39; huge & # 39; with a length of more than two meters. had a presence.
The family now offers a $ 20,000 reward for information about the alleged trophy hunters.
A family offers a $ 20,000 reward for information about the alleged trophy hunters who skinned their pet bison (pictured) and left his body behind
Chief was murdered on June 15 at around 10 p.m.
Mr. Van Stroe's sons heard gunshots but assumed that the neighbors killed foxes, ABC reported.
The next day a passer-by called into the house and said that one of their bison didn't look too good & # 39 ;.
& # 39; A lady came up the driveway and said: & # 39; One of your bison doesn't look too good near the fence & # 39; so I went there and the poor old chief was shot and dirty for his fur, & # 39; said Mr. Van Stroe.
He said he was so devastated that he didn't call the police until & noon.
NSW Coordinator of National Crime Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said the animal was probably shot with a powerful firearm and that if the perpetrator was caught, the perpetrator could spend 14 years in prison.
& # 39; We are convinced that there are firearms violations, atrocities are being charged against animals and also an offense that falls under the umbrella of stealing livestock or killing cattle, which could involve up to 14 years in prison, & # 39 ; he said.
& # 39; It is quite a serious violation and it is very, very disturbing. & # 39;
While Mr. Van Stroe was devastated by the loss of his own bison, he also admitted that he had recently been to America and bought a bison skin jacket for $ 12,000, and estimated the value of the Chief at $ 20,000.
The fact that Chief was shot in the spine points to the idea that the culprits knew what they were doing and the value of the skin they were taking.
& # 39; This is how you take bison with you so that you don't damage the skin when you felt them & # 39 ;, he said.
But the size of the Chief meant that the hunters could not take everything.
& # 39; You can see they wanted to skin him from his legs, but they couldn't turn him around – he weighs at least one and a half tons, said Mr. Van Stroe.
NSW Rural Crime Coordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said that the animal was probably shot with a powerful firearm and that the perpetrator, if caught, could spend up to 14 years in prison (stock image)
& # 39; Most of the time trophy hunters also take the head, but they have not.
& # 39; They've put the best part around his neck, on which are his moons, which are very attractive, but very cruel. & # 39;
Police said they are sure that someone in the hunting community would know who is responsible for the & # 39; cowardly deed & # 39 ;.
& # 39; People who kill these animals for trophies will usually pass this on to friends or even post them on social media in a closed group, & # 39; Inspector Whiteside said.
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