ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Texas game wardens are investigating a case of a stolen breeding buck worth $25,000, according to the breeding company's co-owner.
On Saturday, co-owner Bubba Loggins said he noticed his prized breeding buck was not in the pen.
"I thought my partner might have moved him to another pen," Loggins said. "We've got five different pens. I talked to my workers, and they didn't. I thought he might be dead. We were looking for a dead deer but there were none here."
The thief would have had to break through four 8x15 foot steel fences used to keep the deer locked up. Loggins said the deer is his most expensive one among his three breeding bucks.
"He's my main one," Loggins said. "It's a heck of a hit. We just want some good stock for our family and the land. I like to have the wildlife out here."
Co-owner James Pyle said the company is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the deer.
"I feel like someone has been here before because he just has these nubs now," Loggins said. "I think it was a two-man job, and hopefully, he will turn in his partner."
The company is located off of State Highway 103, east of Lufkin.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Lufkin Parks and Wildlife Regional office at (936) 632-1311.