Reward grows for killer of pet buffalo in Palo Pinto County

08/12/2014 12:34 PM

08/12/2014 12:36 PM

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those who killed a pet buffalo named Precious in Palo Pinto County.

“It’s been a blow to lose her,” said owner Gene Ender, 69. “At one time, we had 28 buffaloes in the herd and she was our last one.”

Enders said Precious is second in his herd to be shot and killed. No one was ever arrested when the other animal was shot 20 years ago. This time, the reward is growing as word spreads.

Precious, a Plains buffalo, died of multiple gunshot wounds. Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan said she was last seen alive on July 21.

“The owner said he got busy and didn’t check on her for awhile,” Sullivan said Tuesday. “But it got to the point that he hadn’t seen her so he went to look for her and found her dead near a barn.”

Ender, a former Highland Park businessman, said Precious was a gentle pet, but she was not near any roads when she was killed.

“She was at the back of our property,” Ender said. “Someone had to get through some thick underbrush to get to her and that means they had to know she was on our property.”

Ender and his wife, Jeanette, began raising buffaloes in the late 1980s on his 50-acre property, starting with four yearlings.

“I was just fascinated with them,” Ender said Tuesday. “So one day we had a chance to buy some and we did.”

The couple had as many as 28 at one time, all of them named.

Eventually, the couple sold that property and settled on 13 acres in Mineral Wells. Thunder, Momma and Precious were the last three buffaloes.

Momma and Thunder died five years ago.

The reward fund is at First Financial Bank in Mineral Wells. Donations can be made at the bank under the Donald Gene Ender Special Account.

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