Range wars, where cattlemen battled sheepherders for grazing in the days of the Wild West, are well-known affairs that have attracted much study. However, I don't think many of them - any of them? - sank to this level.
Accused of bleaching images of male genitalia and other markings onto their neighbor’s cows, a Crook County father and son are now facing felony-level property destruction charges.
Two criminal complaints filed last month in the Sundance Circuit Court allege that Patrick Sean Carroll, who is 66 this year, and his son Tucker Kye Carroll, who is 34 this year, funneled 189 heifers and six bulls into a chute and bleach-dyed them to get a neighbor’s attention after three years of having the cattle cross onto their land.
Some of the heifers had penis shapes bleached onto their bodies, according to an evidentiary affidavit written by Crook County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Jessen.
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Rusty Williamson of Williamson Land and Livestock also came to the corrals, says the affidavit ... buyers reportedly told Williamson that the heifers, unmarked, would have been worth about $2,600 per head, but now they were worth about $1,850.
Buyers may think the cows were marked to signal something wrong with them, says the affidavit.
The loss among 189 heifers would be $141,750, says the affidavit. This figure doesn’t account for any losses among the marked bulls.
There's more at the link.
In the days of the Wild West, if someone yelled "Draw!" they usually meant to reach for one's gun. Nowadays, it seems to mean "Reach for the bleach!" Odd, that . . . As for drawing genitalia on cattle, aren't most of them castrated before they get too big? (That's what the term "steer" means: it's a bull that's been de-bulled, so to speak.) Therefore, isn't such drawing actually false advertising? Could that be added to the charges?
Curiouser and curiouser . . . and that's no bull!