CATTLE were shot and left for dead on a remote Gippsland property last week.
Briagalong police are investigating the incident where one animal was killed and three others wounded on a property at Crooked River, near Dargo in the high country plains.
Briagalong Leading Sen-Constable Scott Wilkinson said the cattle were discovered by the property owners on 28 February and were probably shot either that morning or the evening before.
"Four cattle were shot and one was killed and three were treated for their injuries by a vet," Sen-Constable Wilkinson said.
He said the area was frequented by hunters and was appealing for any information on people in the area around the time.
"I believe they were mistakenly shot by hunters," Sen-Constable Wilkinson said.
"We believe they were shot from the road, which is illegal, (as) the cattle were on private property.
"We are appealing for public information, due to remoteness of the property no vehicles or people were seen on that night."
Anyone with information should phone Briagolong police on (03) 5145 5213.