Denton, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Bradshaw and Wise County law enforcement authorities are seeking information regarding the theft of approximately 10 head of cattle from a Denton, Texas rancher around Oct. 1.
On Sept. 30 the victim’s son went to the pastureland, located on County Road 2740 in the northeast area of Wise County, next to Cooke and Denton Counties. The victim’s son realized the chain and gate were damaged and left unlatched. It was dark at the time, so the victim couldn’t tell if any cattle were missing from the pasture. The next morning, on Oct. 1, the victim checked the pasture and realized approximately 10 head of cattle were missing.
The cattle are Black Angus with no marks or brands, and they weigh between 400 and 500 lbs. According to the victim, most of the cattle stolen were bulls but there might be a few heifers in the group.
The victim called the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Zachary Bryden was dispatched to the location of the theft. Wise County Sheriff’s Investigator Jerry DeMoss contacted Bradshaw about the theft.
Anyone with further information leading to the location of the stolen cattle or the arrest of a suspect or suspects should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw at 940-389-6123. Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous.
TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
TSCRA is a 139-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.