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Cows shot dead at wind turbine project site near Shelley

Supporters of a highly controversial wind farm project said Tuesday they believe they're being targeted and have now become victims of ruthless crimes over the summer. The Thompson family found nine cows -- the most they've ever seen -- shot and killed on their property. This after they got the green light to plant 66 wind turbines on about 5,000 acres of their private ranch just east of Shelley.

Supporters of a highly controversial wind farm project said Tuesday they believe they're being targeted and have now become victims of ruthless crimes over the summer.

The Thompson family found nine cows -- the most they've ever seen -- shot and killed on their property. This after they got the green light to plant 66 wind turbines on about 5,000 acres of their private ranch just east of Shelley.

"I don't know why they're buying $4 diesel or gasoline to come up here and shoot my cows when there's plenty of them in town," remarked Matt Thompson, of Thompson Ranch.

To get to Thompson's ranch, you wind your way 35 miles east of Idaho Falls, passing plenty of cows along the road, which makes Thompson believe someone is specifically aiming at his cattle.

He says the battle over the wind may be a possibility as to why people are targeting him.

Whatever the reason is, these callous crimes are costing him about $10,000 out of pocket, but it's not just about the money. "Besides that, to just shoot a cow and kill it, is ridiculous," said Thompson.

The only evidence they've found: beer cans and shell cases. Now, backcountry deputies are out patrolling the area.

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Supporters of a highly controversial wind farm project said Tuesday they believe they're being targeted and have now become victims of ruthless crimes over the summer.

The Thompson family found nine cows -- the most they've ever seen -- shot and killed on their property. This after they got the green light to plant 66 wind turbines on about 5,000 acres of their private ranch just east of Shelley.

"I don't know why they're buying $4 diesel or gasoline to come up here and shoot my cows when there's plenty of them in town," remarked Matt Thompson, of Thompson Ranch.

To get to Thompson's ranch, you wind your way 35 miles east of Idaho Falls, passing plenty of cows along the road, which makes Thompson believe someone is specifically aiming at his cattle.

He says the battle over the wind may be a possibility as to why people are targeting him.

Whatever the reason is, these callous crimes are costing him about $10,000 out of pocket, but it's not just about the money. "Besides that, to just shoot a cow and kill it, is ridiculous," said Thompson.

The only evidence they've found: beer cans and shell cases. Now, backcountry deputies are out patrolling the area.

Thompson says it takes a pretty small person to murder someone's livelihood.

"I wouldn't come to their house and shoot their dog in their yard just for fun," said Thompson.

A $2,000 reward is being offered if you have any information leading to the arrest of these criminals. Call CrimeStoppers at 522-1983. You can remain anonymous.

"I'd like to see these guys brought to justice," declared Thompson.

The Thompson's wind farm saga continues. Opponents of their approved turbine project filed an appeal just a couple of weeks ago, stalling the project once again.

The battle is far from over for another prospective wind turbine company. Just about a month ago, the Bingham County commissioners unanimously voted to approve Ridgeline Energy's permit to build 150 turbines in the Wolverine Canyon area.

Opponents of the Development, including Frank Vandersloot, president of Melaleuca, filed a petition asking a judge to review the commissioners' decision.


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SEP 10 2008
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