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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.

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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.

Two cattle beasts shot last night one gutted and carcass taken other one wounded and dead in paddock location deverys...

Posted by Christina Tyson Jamieson on Thursday, 10 November 2016