Cattle Rustling U.S.A., Where ’Rawhide’ Meets ’Breaking Bad’

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Cattle Rustling U.S.A., Where ’Rawhide’ Meets ’Breaking Bad’

The following is a portion of an article by Jon Herskovitz and Heide Brandes  via NorthernAg.net

Cattle rustling, a crime associated with the Wild West, is on the rebound in the heart of the U.S. cattle industry, driven largely by ranch hands stealing livestock to get money to feed their drug habits.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual The crime has evolved from rustlers on horseback driving their plunder across the range, often portrayed in the early 1960s U.S. TV program “Rawhide,” to modern-day cowboys using pickup trucks and trailers to make off with cattle.

The recent rise in rustling is driven by the spread of heroin and methamphetamines to rural areas, an issue that has dogged states across the nation. In Oklahoma and neighboring Texas, lonesome cattle grazing on thousand-acre ranches that Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian Viewcan fetch about $1,000 to $3,000 at market are proving to be easy targets for rustlers on the down and out.

Among Oklahoma cattle thieves, about 75 percent are doing so to feed addictions, most often to meth amphetamines, according to Jerry Flowers, a retired Oklahoma City police detective and the state’s top “cattle cop.”

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There have been about 2,500 to 3,000 head of cattle reported stolen to the group each year, with about 45 percent recovered or tracked down. In larger Texas, the cattle cops  Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfitsare more numerous, with the largest division being the 30 special rangers working for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Last year, slightly more than 3,900 cattle were reported stolen, and the group investigates about 850 to 1,200 agricultural crimes a year.

Other states have also stepped up police presence on their farms and have turned to Texas and Oklahoma for help.

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You might also be interested in the supplement to this Handbook: Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual.

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