Authorities seek clues in bizarre animal killing
Investigators are asking for the public's help in solving the disturbing killing of a doe on West Whitlock Road on Tuesday morning. See the end of this article for information on how to report details directly or anonymously.
The doe was pregnant with one baby at the time. Whoever carried out the killing trussed up the animal with a yellow cord and tied it to a post.
The animal may have been tortured, Mariposa County Game Warden Frank Milazzo said.
"Some details I don't want to release right now," Milazzo said. "It was rather brutal."
A witness reported seeing a black pick-up similar to a Ford Ranger or Toyota Tacoma in the area around the time of the incident. The vehicle was observed between 11 a.m. and noon on Tuesday.
The vehicle had a Grizzly Gas sticker on its rear window, the witness said.
Also this week, a resident found what appeared to be a skinned coyote carcass on Triangle Road. Authorities would not speculate on whether the incidents could be connected.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Milazzo at 966-3376. Information can be shared anonymously by using the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's CAL TIP hotline at (888) 334-2258.