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Police Preparing to Handle Livestock Issues After Cuts in Wyoming

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming police are preparing to investigate cattle rustlings after lawmakers decided to cut three out of four full-time state livestock officer positions.

The livestock officers are responsible for investigating cases involving livestock theft and animal health violations. Lawmakers voted to cut three positions earlier this year.

State Sen. Ogden Driskill says the team typically responds to one to two calls per week. Because of the state’s tight state budget, Driskill says it would be better to have local law enforcement step in.

According the bill, the positions will be eliminated starting Oct. 1.

Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Director Byron Oedekoven says law enforcement agencies will need to begin training their officers on livestock issues.

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