By Kate Snyder
Two women were arrested earlier this month for stealing a heifer calf from a ranch in Carbon County.
Katharine Latham, 33, of Dixon, Wyo., and Aleasha Morgan, 35, of Savery, Wyo., are each charged with livestock rustling and conspiracy to commit livestock rustling.
A woman informed officers that Morgan had bragged to her about stealing a heifer calf at the end of April, according to an affidavit from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office.
Morgan had told the woman that she and Latham had taken the calf from a spot near the Cull Place west of Baggs, Wyo., on County Road 700, the affidavit stated.
They apparently took the calf to Latham’s home in Colorado, the affidavit stated.
Officers drove by Latham’s home and “noticed a young black calf with white markings on its face in her yard,” the affidavit stated. No brand inspectors contacted by the sheriff’s office did any brand inspections for either Morgan or Latham.
Latham and Morgan stopped officers in Baggs and asked about the investigation, the affidavit stated. Latham said a brand inspector from Kaycee, Wyo., was mailing her the paperwork for the calf. Officers told them they were looking into the matter of a stolen calf.
“Morgan asked if it was still a hanging offense in Wyoming,” the affidavit stated. “(The officer) said no but then (he) said the last person hung in Wyoming for cattle rustling was a woman. (Latham) said she knew because she was named after Cattle Kate.”