Whitecourt RCMP recover cattle trailer and livestock on Highway 43; vehicle stolen from Barrhead

Whitecourt, Alberta – On Oct. 19, 2020, at 12:40 a.m., Whitecourt RCMP located an abandoned pick-up truck with an empty cattle trailer attached on Highway 43 west of Whitecourt in an area described as the Windfall.

Further investigation confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen from the Barrhead, Alta. area. Later that morning, at 10:15 a.m., Whitecourt RCMP received a complaint from a motorist that there were five cattle near the bush on the side of Highway 43 north of Whitecourt.

Whitecourt RCMP attended and further investigation resulted in confirmation that the cattle were also stolen earlier that morning from the Barrhead area. A search of the area resulted in another stolen trailer being located nearby and recovered.

(File Photo) Cattle
(File Photo) Cattle

The owner of the cattle attended the location and with the assistance of a number of volunteers, the cattle were safely rounded up into a trailer. None of the cattle were injured as a result of this incident.

“We would like to thank one of our local cattle ranchers for attending to provide the RCMP with his assistance, expertise and equipment so that the livestock could be safely rounded up and returned to the owner,” says Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer, Detachment Commander of the Whitecourt RCMP. “Livestock on a highway can present a danger to passing motorists and with the help of all the volunteers this situation was resolved quickly and without any injuries to the public or the livestock.”

Whitecourt RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to identifying those responsible. Please contact Whitecourt RCMP at 780-778-2238 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

Whitecourt RCMP

Western Alberta District RCMP

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