Wynona-area cattle theft investigated

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Investigators from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association are seeking information about the suspected theft of a dozen head of cattle from an Osage County rancher last November.

TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier said 12 calves disappeared from a pasture near Wynona sometime between Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He said the calves had not been weaned and were still being keptwith the cows at the time they went missing.

The Osage County rancher who owns the livestock had been out of town but returned home and discovered the calves were gone on Nov. 19. A search of the pasture revealed no carcasses or anything else to indicate that the calves might have died, the investigator said.

Perrier described the missing calves as cross bred and black, red, mixed colored or spotted. The calves reportedly varied in size from 250 pounds to 600 pounds, he said, adding that all of the livestock in question will have a “Box L” brand on their left hip and a notch under their left ear.

Anyone who might have information on this case is being asked to contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or Perrier at 918-275-4257.

A $2,500 cash reward has been collected and is being offered by the victimized rancher in conjunction with the association’s cattle theft program. The reward money can be paid out to persons who provide useful information which leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s). Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous.