I’ve cluttered these pages with stolen cattle stories before. So far none fiction.
I will say that the penalties for such stealing are no longer as strict as they once might have been – legally speaking.
ST. JOHN, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say a man suspected of stealing 23 cattle also apparently stashed a lot of stolen property in central Kansas.
Stafford County Sheriff Jeff Parr says the man was arrested last week in the cattle theft from a county ranch. He says investigators on Monday found items such as a recreational vehicle camper, car trailers, a backhoe and other equipment in a pasture in the county.
The suspect’s name has not been released. The sheriff says he used to live in Great Bend but now has an Oklahoma address.
The Hutchinson News reports the trail to the suspect began when Oklahoma authorities found some of the cattle and a stolen trailer near Cushing, along with other equipment. The man was arrested in Hays on an Oklahoma warrant.
All of which reminds me of a day of youth when five of us were driving in the country. The single girl, looking across the plains of Montana, saw two very tall poles poking above the rolling hills.
“What,” she asked, “are those used for?”
The driver of the vehicle laughed and told her that they were used, in the treeless area, to hang the cattle rustlers from..
And we all let that explanation stay without contradiction in spite of her denying the truth of the implausible. None of us enlightened her.
From the reaches,