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Wyoming Focuses on Cattle Rustling in Interim Meetings

Wyoming Focuses on Cattle Rustling in Interim Meetings

3/26/2015 8:00:00 AM/Categories: General News, Today's Top 5, Cattle, State Government, Wyoming Legislature

By Trevor Graff, Casper Star-Tribune

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators are working to curb an anticipated increase in cattle rustling as market prices for beef remain high.

Rep. Robert McKim, R-Afton, said the Joint Interim Agriculture committee will consider boosting the state’s livestock law enforcement capabilities. The committee will focus on cooperation among the law enforcement agencies in Wyoming and surrounding states.

“With the price of beef going up so much, we’re expecting an increase in that activity in the area,” McKim said. “We’re concerned about what our laws say and who we have to enforce them.”

Currently, livestock theft falls under the jurisdiction of the Wyoming Livestock Board’s Law Enforcement unit.

Jimmy Dean Siler, a Wyoming Livestock Board investigator, said the four-person investigative staff is tasked with covering the entire state.

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Source:  Casper Star-Tribune


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