July 25, 2014 10:15 am

Livestock get loose after pasture gates stolen in Manitoba

Manitoba RCMP who found cattle wandering along the Trans-Canada Highway were surprised to discover the cows got loose after their pasture gates were stolen.

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WINNIPEG – Gate rustlers set the livestock loose.

RCMP responding to reports of cattle wandering along the Trans-Canada Highway about 20 kilometres east of Brandon, Man., discovered a surprising cause.

The two four-by-12-foot blue metal tube gates that secured the cattle in a pasture near Camp Hughes had been stolen.

The cattle were spotted on Wednesday and it took a little while to figure out where they’d come from and why they were loose, Cpl. Mike Boychuk of the Brandon RCMP said Friday.

“It’s an odd kind of theft,” Boychuk said.

The person who took the gates could have caused a major problem on the high-speed highway, he added.

“Luckily the cattle stayed in the ditch.”

Brandon RCMP, who called the crime a “hazardous act of thievery” in a news release, ask anyone with information about the theft to call them at 204-726-7522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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