JANESVILLE (AP) -- Janesville police are trying to determine who shot a calf, took the meat and left the carcass behind.
The calf, weighing about 400 pounds, was shot with a small-caliber bullet and then slaughtered sometime between noon on Saturday and when it was found at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The calf's mother was found bellowing near its offspring.
Ochs Cattle, of Milton, owns the cow and rents the grazing land on which it was found.
Owner Ron Ochs says company personnel will now be on high alert, and they will step up patrols.
The calf was bred for showing and valued at about $1,000. It was born in February.
Ochs Cattle owns about 250 beef cattle that graze all over southern Wisconsin.