PITTSBURG — Cattle rustlers may be a problem most people consider to be part of the wild west past. However, Saturday morning Rich Wood, of Wood Pumpkin Patch realized rustlers are still a major problem.
After waking up on Saturday Wood said he found out he had 30 head of yearling cattle missing out of his pasture. The pasture was located approximately a mile and half west of Pittsburg Ford and back to the south on 205th Street. The cattle have an estimated value of over $30,000. They have yellow tags in their left ear and purple tags in the right. The cattle weigh approximately 600 pounds and are mostly black, although a few have white faces.
Wood said he was shocked and upset to find his cattle missing, and hopes they can find the perpetrators before they strike again.
“We just want everyone to be aware and keep an eye on their herds,” Wood said. “We never thought this would happen here to us, but it has, and now we all need to be keeping our eyes open.”
Wood said he has contacted the Crawford County Sheriff's office. The state Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit has also been called in.
According to a release from the sheriff's office, they are reaching out for the public's assistance in finding the thieves. They are urging anyone who may have seen a truck pulling a stock trailer at odd times of the evening near the area to please contact the sheriff's office at 620-724-8274 or go to www.crsoks.org and submit an online tip under the contact tab.
The Wood family has posted a $5,000 reward for the return of the cows or information leading to the arrest of those parties responsible for the theft of the cows.