Farmers and local residents living near Banjar Gulingan in the village of Antosari in Tambanan are living in fear after the mysterious death of 10 cows savagely ravaged by an unknown animal.
The attacks, which always take place during nighttime hours, have occurred over the past several weeks and have left cows dead with their stomachs or throats torn open by the unknown predator.
According to Bali Post, the most recent attack saw three cows owned by Ni Made Lastri and Ketut Raka killed on Sunday, August 12, 2012. The dead animals were aged between two and four months.
The farmers discovered the dead stock with their stomach cavities torn open and livers missing. The remainder of the carcasses of the dead animals were untouched.
The latest attacks brings to ten the number of cows killed in the area. All the dead animals were calves, yet to attain their full growth.
Local residents reject theories that the attacks are caused by a domestic dog, with some residents claiming to have seen the assailant animal described as resembling a wolf, having a pointed snout, widely set ears and reported to be either white, red or striped in color.
Local residents are in the midst of organizing hunting parties, seeking assistance from the local Livestock Service.
Farmers are reported to be selling their livestock out of fear that the mystery predator will kill their prized animals that are also the family’s major financial asset.
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