Western states report comeback of cattle rustling

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Nancy Schleining of Schleining Genetics brands a pregnant cow just arrived from Montana at her cattle feedlot in Ault, Colorado in this photo taken November 21, 2011. Livestock officials in Western states are reporting a resurgence of cattle rustling in a region where the theft of cows was once a hanging offense. Authorities say the climb in cattle crimes is linked to the flagging economy, soaring beef prices and GPS devices that allow rustlers to navigate the wide-open range. REUTERS/Rick Wilking