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Pet mule shot and killed near Stevensville

Stevensville Mule Shootoing
Posted at 9:48 AM, Mar 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-03 11:48:30-05

MISSOULA — The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a family’s mule was shot and killed in the Bitterroot last week.

Sheriff Steve Holton says the mule was killed by an apparent gunshot wound sometime between 8 p.m. on Thursday and 4 p.m. on Friday south of Stevensville.

The incident is being investigated as criminal mischief, and since the animal was a domesticated hoofed animal, that penalty is a felony, according to Sheriff Holton.

Anyone with information about the death - or who knows of someone shooting in the area of Eastside Highway near Groff Lane – is asked to contact the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office at 406-363-3033.

Sheriff Holton noted that "the neighboring community and stock growers have been extremely helpful in getting the information out to the neighborhood and county."