By Mose Buchele
Cattle rustling, the age-old crime of stealing livestock, might seem like something for the history books. But, as our readers and listeners learned last month, Texas ranchers are seeing an increase in stolen cows, even as the number of cattle dwindles.
The report generated a lot of interest. It went viral online and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.
But, as is often the case, we still have more of the story to tell. This time in pictures.
Click the player above to view an audio slideshow of photos snapped on a recent reporting trip to Giddings, Texas and hear the NPR report. Peruse the text after the jump to learn more about black market bovines, and the people we met while reporting.
Paulie Sanchez, a rancher in Giddings, Texas, takes a headcount of cows at his ranch in not by using a horse or lasso – but with a pickup truck and a feed bag.
“I’m gonna put the sack of feed between my legs here. Draw ‘em out and they’ll come,” Sanchez said. More....