NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A new photograph may shed light on a string of livestock killings in Monroe County, Kentucky, Nashville CBS affiliate WTVF reported.
According to the station, law enforcement officials launched an investigation earlier in the fall after three miniature horses were killed. More animals have been killed since then.
Sheriff Dale Ford shared a trail camera photograph with WTVF which shows what appears to be a large cat. According to investigators, the photo was captured shortly after two more calves were killed. The calves had claw marks on their bodies and they were partially eaten.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials investigated the initial killings of the miniature horses and concluded a wild animal was not behind the attacks. However, Sheriff Ford disagrees. He said the trail camera proves an animal is to blame.
That conclusion prompted Sheriff Ford to warn neighbors to keep an eye on pets, livestock and small children. He said it's clear that a large predator is in the area.