SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A thief has stolen a piece of equipment that belongs to the Springfield Park Board that is used to feed livestock at the Dickerson Park Zoo and Rutledge Wilson Farm.
A spokeswoman, Jenny Fillmer-Edwards, says a round hay baler was stolen from a plot of land at the city landfill.
Thankfully, the park board recently just finished bailing the field, so they are not out of hay for livestock.
The city has a square baler to help as well.
Animals can also graze on some of the fields.
However, being in a drought does not help the situation, and Fillmer-Edwards says it is a big inconvenience for the park board to work around.
Leaders are currently trying to figure out a long-term solution until the machinery is found.
Police are investigating the crime and say the red hay baler is common and is about 10 years old.
If you see one that looks suspicious, you are urged to call the police.