The National Post reports:
A home decor trend appears to be fueling a series of “highway robberies” in the B.C. Interior.
The B.C. Cattlemen’s Association has had six reports of stolen fencing this fall, general manager Kevin Boon said. It is believed the weathered wood is being sold to Vancouver-area homeowners eager to add a “rustic touch” to their living spaces.
Although wood rustling sounds like the plot of a particularly bad Western novel, the theft of $50,000 worth of fencing could create a dangerous situation as cattle return home from the range this fall.
The wood has been stolen from the sides of highway underpasses that allow cows to cross beneath the Coquihalla, explained Boon. “Imagine 200 head of cattle trying to funnel through (when) they find a break in the fence. They could end up on the highway.”
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Source: National Post
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