Livestock Board to help probe horse hair thefts

Sep 27, 2012

The Wyoming Livestock Board will help investigate horse hair thefts in four counties around the state.

Almost a hundred horses have been robbed of their tails, so far, but so no suspects have been found.

Law Enforcement Administrator for the Wyoming Livestock Board Jimmy Dean Silersays horse hair theft has not been reported on this scale in the state before, but he can see the motivation.

“They make a lot of belts and other horse hair products, key rings and stuff, and I’m guessing it’s a fairly profitable business,” Siler said. “So if you can get your product without having to pay wholesale – if you can get it almost free – that makes it a good profitable business.”

Siler wasn’t sure what exactly the perpetrator could be charged with, either. County officials from affected counties will meet next week to share their findings.