These days it's cattle that are bringing in the bacon for local rangers.

A spike in beef prices, along with a smaller supply of cattle because of the drought is leading to an increase in cattle rustling, or cattle theft, across much of Central Texas.
 
One bull can now go for close to $2,000 at auction, some of the highest prices ranchers have seen in years.

The higher price tag on cattle can often lead to more work for Marvin C. Wills, a special ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

“Our cattle are a little shorter and people are stealing them a little bit more," says Wills. "Cattle are one of the few items you can steal and get the same cash value for the next day."

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