Authorities in South Dakota report two cattle rustling cases in July


Both Yankton County and Hamlin County in the Eastern part of South Dakota have reported cattle stolen in the month of July.

The first case came in Hamlin County near Estelline. According to Tri-State Livestock News, 39 head of yearlings were presumed stolen between July 1 and July 15.

The sheriff has asked for the public’s help in gathering more information on the stolen cattle which included four black Heifers with green Z-tag ear tags, six black Steers with yellow Z-tag ear tags, eight black or colored Steers with white sized Z-tag ears tags w and 21 Holstein Steers with white Z-tag ear tags.

Later that month, between July 21 and 22, 17 head of fall bred cows were taken from a pasture in Lesterville, near Yankton.

Lt. Steve Wuebben with the Yankton County Sheriff’s Department said a pickup and a trailer were used to steal the cattle in Lesterville and prints of horse hooves were found at the scene along with tire marks.

Dan Kubal, the man who had his cattle stolen in Lesterville, said he monitoring his herd of mainly black angus cattle three times per day and they were still stolen. His cattle have been branded and were also tagged with Z-tags, one group with double blues, one with double whites and another with one white and one yellow.

A reward is being offered for the Kubal cattle.

“These cases are not easy,” Lieutenant Wuebben told Tri City Livestock News. “What we have to go on this time is better than most.”

In December, 111 cattle were reportedly stolen in McPherson County.