While cattle is selling at record prices, some Delaware County, Okla., ranchers are facing the possibility of stolen cattle, including David Duncan. Duncan recently had a bull and a breeding cow stolen, after the thieves drove onto his property and cut down a fence, Craig Day with News on 6 in Oklahoma reported.
Duncan said that the pair was worth “well over $5,000.” So far this year, Oklahoma’s state agriculture department has seen $2.5 million worth of cattle and equipment stolen. That doesn’t include reports made to other departments. If caught, the thieves face seven to 10 years in prison per animal stolen.
Day reported that state investigators say that 90% of cattle thefts are related to addiction, especially meth. Duncan wants others to be on the lookout for the thieves and his cattle.