Nelson Police are investigating the discovery of two cattle carcasses on a forestry track in the Dovedale area.
The bodies of two Friesian-cross yearlings were found after the weekend on the north side of Jacob’s Ladder on the Thorpe-Orinoco road.
Sergeant Rob Crawford said the cattle appeared to have been shot and their identification tags had been removed.
He said whoever dumped the carcasses had removed the back legs and back steaks.
“They’ve taken the best bits of meat and dumped the rest.”
He said there was little doubt the animals had been poached.
“We’d be very keen to hear from anyone who has information about who might be responsible,” he said.
Police would also like to identify the owner of the animals.
Anyone with information about this incident or other poaching should call their local Police Station. Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers Ph 0800 555 111.