A spate of horse-tail thefts in two Wyoming counties is being investigated by local authorities.
The offending is rife in Natrona and Converse counties, with more than 30 incidents reported in recent weeks. Some horses have had their manes cut, too.
More than 20 incidents have been reported in Natrona County alone.
Up to five horses at a time have been targeted in thefts.
Most of the offences are believed to have occurred at night.
Authorities suspect that monetary gain is the motive, with the hair possibly being used in the making of belts, headwear, jewelry, paintbrushes and musical bows, among other goods. Horse hair can also be used as hair extensions in the tails of other horses.
The tail-cutting leaves the horses unable to swat flies from the rear two-thirds of their bodies.
The sheriff’s offices in Converse County and Natrona County are seeking suspects.
Got information? Contact either the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 235-9282 or the Converse County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 358-4700.