As of October 2013, Oklahoma had a record of 835 cases of cattle rustling reported.
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“Cattle theft is a unique crime,” says Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier. “Anybody can rob a house or commit murder, but not just anybody can steal cattle. I have yet to meet a cattle thief that wasn’t a cowboy.”
The crime has been around since man first took ownership of livestock and is seeing a rapid increase. Sky rocketing cattle prices due to a low national beef herd inventory has been a leading motivation behind thieves.