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Ranchers see increase in grass thefts amid drought

With drought drying out grazing land and driving up hay prices, some ranchers in New Mexico have started cutting neighbors’ fences or leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Published: October 4, 2012
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VAUGHN, N.M. — Petty crime and burglaries aren’t unusual in New Mexico’s isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected: grass.

With drought drying...
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