By Cindee Talley
Cattle rustling is up almost 40% this year in Oklahoma and Texas. State Impact Texas reported there are a number of reasons:
- Cattle are worth more. Ranchers have reduced herd numbers because of the drought, and the remaining cattle are more valuable.
- Increased number of hobby ranchers. Hobby ranchers tend to check on their herds less frequently, making them more vulnerable to theft.
- Cattle are hungry, and can be lured in more easily. Once again, due to the drought.
- The economy. Recovery hasn’t occurred in many parts of Texas, and some are willing to rustle cattle.