The Longview News Journal — Texas cattle thieves made off with more than 10,000 head of cattle this past year — a 35 percent increase from previous years — proving cattle rustling isn’t a relic of the Old West.
The numbers were compiled by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, which works in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies to investigate, track and recover stolen cattle.
Rusk County rancher Bill Thompson, who’s been running cattle for more than 45 years, knows firsthand the devastation caused by thieves. One hundred cattle once roamed his property, but thieves have cut his herd to 52 during the past 10 years.
“They’ve tried their best to find my cows, but they’ve had no luck at it,” Thompson said Thursday.
Thieves left behind four-wheeler tracks at his ranch after a theft in mid-summer.
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