Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cattle rustling in Oregon

Public Radio's Marketplace report, "On the lookout for cattle rustlers," complete with a slideshow, is here. The focus is on Jordan Valley, Oregon, population 239, in the state's southeastern high desert. An excerpt follows:
Across the American West, there are "Wanted" posters tacked up, offering rewards -- up to $60,000. The offense? Cattle rustling in the high desert range. It is a very costly crime that's very old and very much alive. And to fight it, law enforcement is teaming up across the state lines from Washington to Nevada.

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The rangeland here is vast. No fences, just expanses of purple sage.

It's easier than you might think to steal cattle. Herds range for months at a time, over thousands of miles.

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