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November 20, 2013

Cattle theft increases in state, but nothing reported this year in county

Woodward, Okla. — Home, home on the Northwest Oklahoma range, where the deer, and cattle rustlers, roam.

Hey, those aren't the words, right?

According to reports from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry it seems like those are the words to the song for some who don't mind loading up someone else's herd.

Indeed, mid October this year an historic Hereford ranch in Okmulgee lost nearly $100,000 in cattle, according to the Stock Exchange News.

According to the list of stolen and missing cattle posted on the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, there have been approximately 316 head of cattle go missing since the beginning of 2013. In two of the cases, whole loads of cattle were taken, according to the list. In one case, 99 mix breed steers went missing and in another case, 131 heifers disappeared.

However, according to Woodward County Sheriff, Gary Stanley, things are pretty calm in this area of the state.

"I haven't had any theft reported lately," Stanley said. "I did have one report last year though."

Despite that, Stanley urges cattle owners and local citizens to report suspicious trucks and trailers if you think something is wrong.

" I was on my way in late one night and I saw a cattle truck and trailer parked off the road and my wife asked me if I thought they might be loading up cattle that weren't theirs," he said.

Stanley encourages anyone who sees something out of the ordinary, to call the Woodward County Sheriff's Office and have them check it out.

Stanley reminds ranchers and even owners of small operations of the importance of being present and visible on a daily basis if possible.

"Also, make sure you get  good count on your cattle often," Stanley said.

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