Wherever there are cows, there could be cattle thieves lurking

Cattle rustling is fairly common in Alberta, so take some simple steps to protect yourself, says investigator


By Alexis Kienlen, Alberta Farmer Express (CAN)

June 2, 2021


The ugly truth about cattle rustling is that it’s fairly common in Alberta.


“Every year, we have more calves stolen,” RCMP livestock investigator Cpl. Lindsey Anderson said earlier this month. “We were able to charge someone a couple weeks back and get a search warrant to recover some stolen calves.


“A lot of times, especially in those instances, there are thefts that we think have occurred, but we don’t have the evidence to pursue anything.”


That’s not for lack of trying, said Anderson, one of two RCMP investigators who works with Livestock Identification Services, a not-for-profit company that oversees brand registration, livestock inspection, and livestock dealer licensing.


“The Livestock Identification Services database is amazing because any time that branded cattle are reported stolen or missing, we enter them into the database,” she said...