Police are investigating a poaching incident after two cattle were shot on a Southland farm.
One of the animals was gutted and the carcass taken, while the other was left there dead.
Police were notified on Friday of the incident on a property about 15km from Tuatapere, a police spokeswoman said.
The property was at Merrivale, near the intersection of Devery Rd and Otautau-Tuatapere Rd, the spokeswoman said.
No further details were provided.
However, a graphic post is being shared on social media which shows the entrails of one animal and the bloodied and dead carcass of the other.
The post offers $1000 to anyone who can provide information.