Paul Kitagaki Jr./ pkitagaki@sacbee.com

California Bureau of Livestock investigator John Suther checks paperwork as California Bureau of Livestock supervisor Patrick Taylor and Nevada Department of Agriculture Enforcement officer Blaine Northrop inspect livestock brands matching the documents of livestock being hauled in trucks, which include cattle, horses and sheep at a check point in Nevada. Cattle theft has risen 22 percent since pre-recession levels and has been helped by a steady rise in cattle prices where a head of cattle can sell for as much as $1,000. John Suther is California's only livestock investigator and there are roughly 3 million head of cattle in the California.

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