A flock of 500 sheep has been found smothered to death in a
narrow gully on a Southland farm.
Police believe poachers may have startled the sheep into the
gully on a farm at Mt Wendon, near Riversdale.
The stock loss is estimated at up to $75,000.
"It's a possibility that these sheep were startled by someone
wasn't supposed to be on the property," Detective Sergeant
Poaching is becoming increasingly common around Southland and
police want to hear from any farmers who see suspicious
activity including vehicles or people who may not be normally
seen around the neighbourhood.
"In this case we're particularly interested in anyone who
might have seen suspicious activity in the area of Mt Wendon
between 11pm on 2 February and 7am on 3 February."
Detective Sergeant Baird said police take poaching offences
The latest incident is on the back of an ongoing inquiry into
illegal spotlighting on Department of Conservation land at