Randy, a Petrolia Zebra, Killed by Gunshot

Humboldt County Sheriff badgePress release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 at about 1452 hours, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a zebra had been fatally shot on Mattole Road, Petrolia. Per the owner, the zebra was found deceased in a hay field about 20 yards from the roadway with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound. The deceased zebra was described as an adult male named Randy. This case is currently under investigation.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



  • Veterans friend

    Well that really stinks.

  • Sorry to hear about this. Hope the perpetrator is caught and prosecuted.

  • Makes me sick wtf is wrong with people

  • Wtf how in the world a person, crazy or sane, do something like that. I hope the community gets it’s act together and turns who ever did this needless act in to the authorities. Wow how DISCUSTING that person is.

  • That really sucks hope they catch the shooter….

  • Petrolia and Honeydew needs a couple resident deputies

  • shawn the fisherman

    I hate people who do shit like this. Alcohol infused crime I am sure.

  • So fuckin mean and low down. Whoever did this karma is a bitch!!!

  • Wow!!!!! WTF is wrong with people!! Hope the community finds the perpetrator BEFORE law enforcement.

  • Somebody help me, but I sort of remember that the Zebras are rescue animals.

  • Aliens?

  • Things are getting totally out of control in our more rural areas around this County lately about a week ago at around 3 AM I was awakened from a sound sleep to a loud noise in my living room!!! When I looked around later that morning I found a hole in my double paned plexiglass window & a potted plant right in front of it!!! A drive-by shooting in Bridgeville & an innocent animal shot for no particular reason other than evidently some sick FOOK getting his or possibly her rocks off shooting some defenseless animal!!! What next I wonder but DO NOT care to find out!!!

  • Sad Society nowadays shooting an innocent animal for no reason. If there was a reward out or not I would turn in my own family member. Please People, if you know who it is, reward or not please call and let the authorities know. Well maybe not, just call Joe Blow Citizen who gives a poop and let them take care of him. Done Deal!!

    • Get this person off the streets before they graduate up to shooting humans!!! If they haven’t already & we just don’t know it, as yet at least!!!

  • I hope this P.O.S is caught. Unbelievable. Unfortunately the person probably won’t suffer near as much as they deserve. Killed it and left it. What a scumbag.

  • i just read “…Zebras can’t be domesticated and have been known to attack people, according to a Everyday Mysteries, a Library of Congress question-and-answer website. ”


    having had horses i’ve seen how they can become vicious. i’ve not had them ever deliberately hurt a hu-man, but i’ve seen my arab stallion Tut try mounting mares who were not in standing estrous yet, and those mares finally vicious and beat all hell out of him.
    good thing it was 2 separate mares, in 2 different years, and those beatings were 1:1’s or tut might have been a gonner.

    the 1st time Tut was so persistent that hobbled him. our pasture was steep hills and the trails of wet, slippery clay ran through stands of oak and birch trees. he chased that mare over and the gauntlet of trees. i felt bad to put Tut in hobbles until he amazed me when to he maintained his speed and grace “one three legs” in his hot pursuit of of that mare. she would stop just long enough to kick the shit out of him….
    …those mares tried to remind him to have some respect for the opposite sex. but there was a threat of both horses being seriously injured in this game nature has played since randy breeding male’s and female of every ilk have walked this planet.
    but i ended up keeping him in the barn (where he screamed himself hoarse) until the mares would “wink” at him. then we’d allow the couple to have their “conjugal” visits (lasted for days – nights really as they bred in cool of the night once the temps dropped).

    actually it’s my opinion that punishment for all crime would follow the golden rule (do unto others as they do unto you) [edit]
    “justice for randy”

  • WTF? Judi? Does that have to do with someone shooting Randy? Seriously?

  • Does anyone else remember 15 – 20 years ago, someone shot a bunch of cows all along Mattole Rd?

  • Let’s hope it’s the killer that will soon be ‘wearing the stripes’!!

  • What is wrong with people! Why would someone do that! So sad and just shameful!!

  • Somethings never change up there. When I lived up there it was the Buffalo being hunted. When the perpetrators were arrested turned out to be two very well known Eureka Attorneys! The judge, of course, stated no hunting season was set, therefore the hunt was okay. Even though they were being raised as livestock, since they weren’t listed as livestock they were considered wild. The theft was approved. The owner sold the entire herd, stealing the experience for locals to meet such huge, terrific beasts.

  • $200.00 get our community back let’s find them!

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