SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KPIX 5) — The Sheriff in Santa Clara County is investigating why nine cattle were found dead and buried near a South Bay park.

The sheriff’s office says they were discovered near Henry Coe State Park outside Morgan Hill. Authorities suspect foul play.

READ MORE: Lockdown-Violating Underground Gatherings Investigated Over Recent Spate of San Jose Shootings

Deputies are at the scene investigating while a back hoe digs around the area.

So far they have found nine carcasses. Authorities suggested some of the cattle may have been killed with a firearm.

READ MORE: The Game Changer: New Test Helps Doctors Find Hidden Prostate Cancer

Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Laurie Smith told KPIX 5 this may have started as a dispute over grazing rights between a cattleman and a property owner.

“I’ve worked in this business a long time and I’ve never seen anything like this. It was pretty amazing,” said Smith. “We’ve got a big team of people. We’re trying to find bullet fragments right now as part of the evidence.”

MORE NEWS: Oakley School Board Interim Trustees Vote to Fill Vacant Seats; Reject Special Election

So far, no one has been arrested.