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Thumbs up for astute ag investigators cracking down on modern-day cattle rustlers.
Cattle rustling may remind you of a nostalgic plot from a Western motion picture, but the crime remains extremely lucrative in the 21st century.
“Where other stolen items are sold for pennies on the dollar, cattle are worth the same price whether sold by the owners or thieves,” said Jerry Flowers, chief of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry special agents, in Raney Rapp’s Farm Talk story published in the News & Eagle.
They’re the real deal. An elite team of nine — all of them a trained law enforcement officer and experienced cattleman — investigate about 2,000 head of cattle stolen annually.
That adds to a combined $3 to 4 million in ag equipment and cattle, and their recovery rate is a whopping 87 percent.
Flowers advises using “common sense” to protect livestock with tight fences, cattle counts and penning calves away from main roads.
Never buy online cattle sight-unseen, and be wary of buying lots of cattle with varying age discrepancies — those can be red flags for stolen stock.
More thumbs up to a craft show in Enid gaining traction at Oakwood Mall the last several months.
Sweet Bling Events was started by Crystal Brown and Barbara Phillips in April.
The show plays host to a variety of small businesses.
The first event had around 16 vendors, and it’s growing.
Sweet Bling Events is based out of the old Buckles space in the mall, and also has expanded into the former Foot Locker store. The show is held two days every month.
Brown said any vendors interested in joining the craft show can call her at (580) 747-8438.
Last, but not least, thumbs up to the newest Enid Police Department K-9.
Fett and his handler, Officer Cody Smith, already have hit the streets of Enid.
Fett was purchased from Nightwinds International, of Arizona.
Fett passed and received his National Police Canine Association certification Aug. 9 and passed and received his Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training certification June 1.
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