Friday, July 19, 2013
Hunting for 1,000 stolen bison
A Manitoba rancher has enlisted a detective agency to unravel an unusual crime: the theft of approximately 1,000 bison from a family-run range near Pine River. Tom Olson of High Country Bison, located about 100 kilometres north of Dauphin, said the animals disappeared during the winter and the disparity was discovered only after his family -- who runs four ranges across the Prairies -- did a count a few weeks ago. That count came up about 1,000 short of the expected 2,000-plus herd. That would be a massive theft that would have required several semi-trailer trucks and an intimate knowledge of the range, Olson said. "Suffice to say someone with a very planned organization came in and removed 1,000 bison over a period of time," Olson told the Free Press Wednesday from Pine River, noting a semi-trailer would hold about 50 bison. "It was obviously someone who knew our operation very well. "They would have had to know exactly where the range was and when we wouldn't be out there." The Olson operation is a massive, although not widely known bison-recovery project that began 20 years ago with six bison on a ranch near Calgary, where Olson had become a successful international tax lawyer. Since then, along with his wife and 10 children, the Olson clan runs four bison ranches with 40,000 acres across three provinces. The Pine River operation is spread over 30,000 acres...more
Bison burglars got half his herd?
I see he is a tax attorney. Could be the Canadian IRS got them.