Kinnear woman reports Fremont County's first horse tail theft

Sep 20, 2012 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

At least one Fremont County resident has reportedly been the victim of a horse tail theft this week, adding to the more than 30 reports of stolen horse hair recorded in Natrona and Converse counties this month.

Karen Gibson, who lives on U.S. Highway 26 near Kinnear, called the Fremont County Sheriff's Office at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday to report that her horse's tail had been stolen. Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said perpetrators of the crime likely will braid the hair into various pieces of horse tack and sell it.

"They can be worth quite a bit of money," Lee said.

He recalled incidents of this nature taking place several years ago in Fremont County, but he couldn't remember any recent reports of missing horse hair.

Cutting the hair shouldn't hurt the horse, Lee said, adding that he is more concerned about the violation of residents' rights when it comes to their property and livestock.

"In order to steal the hair, people are having to trespass on others' property," Lee said.

Deputies documented the incident at Gibson's home, but Lee said it will be difficult to determine who took the horse hair.

"We'd have to catch someone in the act basically," Lee said, asking residents to keep watch over the livestock in their neighborhoods. "Keep a lookout for suspicious people in the area or in places where maybe they don't belong."

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 857-3600.

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