Dunedin police investigating the crossbow killing of cattle at Seacliff believe the culprits were after food.
The internal organs were all that remained of one of three slain animals, while a fourth survived after having two crossbow bolts removed from its neck.
The cattle were part of a herd of about 220.
Constable Jon-Paul Tremain says it's likely they were after meat.
"The remains of one beast was left behind, when I say remains it's the offal, or the internal organs. A second beast, they'd slaughtered that and removed its head, and they were prepping that, I'd say, to take."
Police believe at least two people entered the paddock and killed the animals on June 19.