A North Whidbey family is feeling terrorized by a prowler they believe injured livestock on their small farm over the last month.
John Wallace, who lives south of Oak Harbor, said the death of a mule and mysterious injuries to two others led him to put up game cameras, one of which captured an eerie photo of someone with a flashlight in the middle of the property at night.
“It’s devastating. It’s terrorizing,” he said. “We feel like hostages.”
The family’s story, as well as photos, is circulating on social media all over Whidbey Island. Wallace said he’s received more than 30 offers of help from people who saw his posts as he plots ways to catch the perpetrator.
Island County Animal Control Officer Carol Barnes was at the farm this week to speak with Wallace and look at the evidence. She said she couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation.
The family of five had seven mules, which Wallace described as their “four-legged kids.” The big animals — the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse — are reliable, sure-footed animals that for a strong bond with their humans, Wallace said.