A Canadian cattleman missing 10 heifers used unconventional tactics to track down his animals.
Saskatchewan rancher Glenn Strube confronted his neighbor about the missing cattle shortly after they went missing in October 2009, but the neighbor denied it. Strube remained suspicious, but lacked evidence to prove anything.
According to CBC News Strube used detailed records and the sales list from Saskatoon Livestock Sales where he knew the neighbor marketed cattle to narrow his search.
Strube became frustrated with the slow process of the justice system. Eventually, the brand inspector found heifers matching Strube’s records about an hour away.
Without a brand to identify the animals, Strube had to find another means of proving ownership of the animals. Taking an idea he found from watching CSI on TV, Strube decided to take DNA samples from his cattle to match to the heifers.
DNA testing proved nine of the heifers were taken from Strube's farm, a final heifer was tracked down in southern Alberta.
Although he was unable to retrieve the animals, Strube’s neighbor was found guilty of cattle theft and ordered to pay $7,200 for the stolen cattle.
CBC News reports Strube is filing a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for the cattle and the lost revenue of potential calves.
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