Ranch owner seeks justice after longhorn bull, calf shot dead

Oct 21, 2019, 1:49 PM | Updated: Dec 30, 2022, 11:27 am
Mark Mecham came home to his Mayfield ranch last week to find both a longhorn bull and black angus steer calf dead from gunshot wounds. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Mark Mecham)
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Mark Mecham)

MAYFIELD, Utah — Mark Mecham is searching for a number of answers.

He still doesn’t know who targeted his Mayfield ranch last week. Perhaps most confounding, he doesn’t know why anyone would shoot and kill his family’s 3-year-old Texas Longhorn bull and a Black Angus steer calf.

“I would think that living in a smaller town, local kids would probably have a little bit more knowledge and respect about what an animal means to someone,” he says.

Mecham doesn’t know if irresponsible kids are guilty of this act, or if it has anything to do with the ongoing hunting season.

Perhaps most frustrating, he doesn’t know much about what exactly happened.

He does know that the shooting occurred last week when he was away from his property.

Mecham’s wife was going into labor. They had both left the ranch to travel to a hospital.  Mecham says that, later, they found out that two of his animals weren’t waking up.  But he wasn’t able to return home until the following morning.

“When I did get here, the animals had started to bloat and decompose,” explains Mecham. “That enabled me to see where the bullet holes were.”

He says there were no exit wounds and the bullets were small caliber, which leads him to believe both animals suffered a slow death.

The Mecham ranch is in a rural area and he estimates there are around 600 total people in their community.

Many others live a similar lifestyle and understand the value of a ranch animal.

“People that raise livestock, ranchers and farmers, it’s not a seriously lucrative way of life, it’s really not,” says Mecham.

To put a number on it, Mecham says they were looking to sell the longhorn bull for around $5,000.

In addition to the financial hit, he adds that his family had grown attached to the animals. And the longhorn bull was a special attraction for passersby who would stop their vehicle and snap a few pictures.

No leads or new information developed over the weekend, although the Sanpete Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

In hopes of expediting the process, Mecham is offering a $2,500 reward for any information that leads to an arrest or conviction in the shooting.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Crime, Police + Courts

university of utah hospital...
Amie Schaeffer

West Valley police searching for suspect in apartment stabbing

Police said a man broke into a home inside the Redwood Apartments and stabbed a victim multiple times. The suspect is still at large.
10 hours ago
A selfie taken by Gabby Petito weeks before her death shows she had facial injuries on the day she ...
Andi Babineau and Paradise Afshar, CNN

New photo of Gabby Petito raises questions

Facial injuries are shown on the face of Gabby Petito in a selfie she took weeks before her death.
10 hours ago
A man was partially amputated while harvesting crops on monastery land Tuesday. At this time, it is...
Devin Oldroyd

Man’s arm partially amputated by farm equipment Tuesday afternoon

A man was partially amputated while harvesting crops on monastery land Tuesday. At this time, it is not clear if paramedics could save the limb.
1 day ago
The Utah Department of Corrections has provided more details after three separate assaults on priso...
Simone Seikaly

Utah Corrections offers more details on recent assaults against officers

The assaults happened Jan. 21, Jan. 30, and Feb. 4, 2023. Officials said the prisoners were looking for an opportunity to attack.
1 day ago
A crash involving four vehicles left one dead this morning around 10:55 a.m., closing U.S. Highway-...
Waverly Golden

One dead after four-vehicles crash on U.S. Highway-40

A crash involving four vehicles left one dead this morning around 10:55 a.m., closing U.S. Highway-40 in both directions for some time.
1 day ago
Gabby Petito is pictured, her family has filed a lawsuit...
Adam Small

Lawyers say new Petito photos prove Moab Police ignored evidence of abuse

The newly released photo is part of the evidence filed in the Petito and Schmidt family lawsuit against the Moab Police Department.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a New Winter Activity? Try Skijoring in Bear Lake

This article about skijoring is sponsored by the Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. Participate in Skijoring the Bear on February 20th, 2023.  What is skijoring? Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and […]
Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Ranch owner seeks justice after longhorn bull, calf shot dead