HAYS (AP) — Authorities are investigating reports of at least five cattle being shot in Ellis County in western Kansas, including three that have died.

The nighttime shootings started Feb. 19. The last one occurred Saturday.

Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin says his office is tracking down but has not substantiated other similar reports.

The shootings appear to be random.

One of the animals shot with the high-powered rifle was immediately killed. Two others had to be put down because the extent of their injuries were so severe.

Cattle shot with a small-caliber rifle survived.

No arrests have been made.

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