Rangers in Texas say they're dealing with a new outbreak of an old problem cattle rustling.
Even with inspectors checking for stolen livestock, too many are still slipping through.
From Bastrop to Burnet to Llano, ranchers are taking extra steps to keep cattle from breaking away from their pastures, so they don't end up on the auction block illegally.
According to Burnet County Sheriff WT Smith, "They see an animal out on the side of the road, and before the owner knows that that animal is out, somebody drives up with a trailer, loads it in the trailer and. They're gone."
Experts say the spike in thefts is a big part of the reason why you're paying more at the market for your favorite cuts of beef.