Wyoming Horse Hair Thefts Probed

Law enforcement authorities in two Wyoming counties are seeking whoever is responsible for cutting the hair off horses' tails while they graze in their pastures.

Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker said that his office has received 17 reports about horse hair thefts since mid-August. The latest reports were received on Sept. 11, he said. Meanwhile, Lt. Mark Sellers of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office, said that 23 similar thefts had been reported to his department during roughly the same time period.

Becker said the hair cut mainly from the horses' tails, was likely stolen to be sold or to be used to make jewelry and other decorative items.

If caught, those responsible could face multiple charges, including trespass and larceny.

Becker is asking county residents to remain alert and to report suspicious activity to authorities.

"Neighbors help neighbors and people can be our eyes and ears," Becker said. "If people see a suspicious vehicle and can get a description and a license plate, or if they see people acting suspiciously, they should report it to us and we will follow up."

Anyone with information about the incidents should call the Converse County Sheriff's Office at 307/358-4700 or the Natrona County Sheriff's Office at 307/235-9282

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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