CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) -- A rancher who found the body of a decapitated cow on his Logan County ranch thinks thieves wanted the animal's head for its horns.
Bruce Carlson says he found the cow's body last Tuesday morning while doing chores. He believes the cow was killed earlier that morning.
Carlson says the mixed-breed Angus cow had black horns that measured about 20 inches across and eight inches tall. He says the unusual nature of the horns meant they could be sold for $2,500 or more.
Authorities agree with Carlson's theory that the thieves were interested in the cow's horns.
Col. Mike Grimes, who works for the state Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department, says he thinks the thieves cased the area before shooting the cow in the head. He says they removed the head with a knife.
Grimes says that in 40 years of law enforcement he's not seen a similar case.