FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oct. 14, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Fort Worth, Texas – A cash reward up to $2,000 has been offered through the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Operation Cow Thief for useful information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) responsible for multiple cattle thefts in the Woods County, Oklahoma area.
Bouziden Brothers and Sons have reported forty-one head of yearling steers missing from their property located in the Waynoka area of Woods County. The victims said the majority of the steers are black with a few red and Charolais steers mixed in the bunch. The steers are all branded with a “U” on their right hip. They also had purple custom ear tags with “Lackley Ranch” printed on them and blue Bayer fly tags in their left ears.
L&D Land and Cattle has reported eight cow/calf pairs and two calves missing from property located at County Road 460 and Choctaw Road of Woods County. The cattle are described as eight black cows weighing approximately 1,200 pounds each with “MD” brands on their right hip. They are each paired with unbranded/unmarked 500 pound calves.
Randy Dietz from Woods County has also reported that he is missing nine head of black unbranded steers. The steers weigh between 600 and 800 pounds and have ear notches in their right ear.
There have also been other thefts reported in the area that may be related. TSCRA Special Rangers, with the assistance of the Woods and Alfalfa County Sheriff’s Offices, are investigating these thefts.
Anyone with further information leading to the arrest and charging of person or persons responsible for the aforementioned cattle thefts should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief Hotline at 888-830-2333 or call TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden at 405-586-9145. A cash reward up to $2,000.00 may be paid to individuals who can provide useful information leading to the arrest and charging of those responsible. 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 138 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.