Rangers with shootin' irons blazin'? Nope, pardner, they mostly use I-phones;
Record-high beef prices have turned cattle rustling into big business once again in Texas. After five years of drought, beef prices are high, herds are small, and independent businessmen are cutting locks and hauling away the ranchers’ profits in cattle trailers.The law calls them rustlers, and the Special Rangers from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) track more than 400 cases of stolen cattle so far in 2015.
Doug Hutchinson handles nine counties around San Antonio, according to a San Antonio Express-News article. On this morning, he leaves his house dressed in boots, jeans, and his Stetson. He wears a Special Ranger badge on his shirt, a .45 on his belt, and his most critical piece of equipment: his smartphone.
He uses it multiple times each day as he photographs brands and compares them to the associations database. The database is coupled with reports of stolen cattle.