Reward for Buffalo Killer Raised to $45,000

Donations raise reward by $40,000

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, May 7, 2012  |  Updated 3:26 PM CDT
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Rare White Buffalo Calf Killed

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Lightning Medicine Cloud, seen with his mother, shortly after birth in 2011.

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Rancher Wants Buffalo Killer Found, Offers Reward

Arby Little Soldier, owner of the Lakota Buffalo Ranch in Hunt County, talks about the investigation into the death of a rare white buffalo calf named Lightning Medicine Cloud.

Rare White Buffalo Calf Killed

Authorities are investigating the death of a rare white buffalo on a North Texas ranch just days before the animal's first birthday. Lakota Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier says he found the buffalo, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, dead on Monday. The buffalo's mother was found dead the next day.
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The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for killing a buffalo calf and his mother has been increased to $45,000.

Lighting Medicine Cloud, a rare white buffalo born in 2011, and his mother, were found dead at the Lakota Buffalo Ranch in Hunt County last week just weeks after the calf's father was fatally struck by lightning.

The rare animal, sacred to the Lakota Sioux, was about to celebrate its first birthday during a powwow on May 12.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said Friday he has opened a criminal investigation into the livestock deaths, although they have not yet classified the crime. The Texas Rangers and other state agencies are assisting.

Arby Little Soldier, the owner of the ranch, said Lightning Medicine Cloud's legacy will carry on and that the powwow scheduled for May 11-12 will go on as planned -- only now, they will memorialize the rare animal as well.

The original reward of $5,000 has been increased due to donations from people from around the country.

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