Goats are be­ing stolen in Fresno County

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY CAR­MEN GE­ORGE cge­[email protected]­nobee.com

Goat rustling has be­come a scourge across Fresno County.

The Fresno County Sher­iff’s Of­fice an­nounced Fri­day on so­cial me­dia that there have been seven cases of goat thefts since Jan. 7 from Eas­ton to Riverdale. There have been dozens of stolen goats, es­ti­mated by their own­ers to be worth a to­tal of more than $30,000.

The sher­iff’s of­fice shared a Face­book post from a woman who said some­one stole all of her son’s 4-H goats from a friend’s home in Eas­ton, south of Fresno.

A stan­dard goat can fetch be­tween $60 to $100 when sold, but 11 of the stolen goats be­longed to 4-H stu­dents and those goats are val­ued at $500 each, said sher­iff’s spokesman Tony Botti.

“The dif­fi­culty with try­ing to track down goats is that they are not branded like cat­tle,” Botti said. “They might be ear tagged, but if that is re­moved, they can eas­ily blend in with a herd.”

Sher­iff of­fi­cials also warn live­stock own­ers to “be vig­i­lant” by mak­ing sure fences and gates are se­cure, lock­ing up an­i­mals at night, and in­vest­ing in cam­eras that can cap­ture im­ages of ve­hi­cles and li­cense plates.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about these thefts is asked to con­tact the sher­iff’s of­fice at 559-6003111 or Val­ley Crime Stop­pers at 559-498-7867 and val­l­ey­crimestop­pers.org.

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