A year ago, a rare white buffalo later named Lightning Medicine Cloud was born near Greenville, Texas, on the Lakota Ranch. Last week, the animal was found killed and skinned; a day later its mother was also found dead.
The white buffalo is sacred to the Lakota for its connection to the story of White Buffalo Calf Woman and as a prophetic symbol. By some accounts, Lightning Medicine Cloud was just the third known non-albino, naturally-occurring white buffalo, and the first male to be born in 150 years.
In statements made to the press, ranch owners Arby and Pat Little Soldier said that there would be a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the buffalo killer. According to a report from MSNBC, the reward is now $45,000 thanks to donations. The Lakota Ranch website, lightningmedicinecloud.com, has information about how to contribute to the reward fund.
The MSNBC report also states that the Hunt County sheriff has launched a criminal investigation into the killing, with assistance from the Texas Rangers and other state agencies.