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Cattle Thieves

A ranch hand drives cattle. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Texas Ag Commissioner: Cattle Rustling Crimes On The Rise

Today’s Texas rancher not only faces the challenges of a lingering drought but must still battle the age-old problem of cattle rustling — a problem that has plagued the industry for more than a century.

CBSDFW.COM–05/14/2013

ABILENE, TX - JULY 26:  Cattle are held in a pen prior to going up for sale at Abilene Livestock Auction July 26, 2011 in Abilene, Texas. A severe drought in the region has caused shortages of grass, hay and water forcing ranchers to thin their herds. The Abilene Livestock Auction has been selling at least two to three times the number of cattle each week compared to last year.  The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as "exceptional drought", the highest classification.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

North Texas Ranchers Facing New Threat Of Cattle Rustlers

Ranchers who battled drought in the summer and hay thieves in the fall are now fending off criminals targeting any cattle that are left.

02/21/2012