Missing/Stolen Livestock

How To Report Missing or Stolen Livestock

When you believe that your livestock are missing or may be stolen you should immediately file a report with your local brand inspector and your local law enforcement agency (County Sheriff or State Patrol). In this report, you will be asked to describe your livestock in as much detail as possible. Make sure to note any distinctive markings, such as brands, earmarks or ear tags, as well as other details of the loss.

Upon receiving your missing or stolen information, the Colorado Brand Board will distribute the report to the brand inspection staff statewide as well as law enforcement agencies in Colorado and other brand inspection agencies in surrounding states.

In most cases the ownership of livestock can be easily traced if the animal has a clear, readable Colorado recorded brand. Ownership of unbranded animals is often difficult to determine.

If you are from a state other than Colorado, you can access the link below to obtain contact information for each state.


How To Report Strayed or Found Livestock

If livestock (cattle or horses) stray onto your property and you are unable to locate the owner, you must contact the brand inspector in your area as soon as possible.

Inspectors contact list

Points to remember:

  • You must notify the brand inspector within 5 days after taking custody of any stray livestock on your property.
  • You must care for the livestock until the brand inspector takes custody of the livestock.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the law does not allow you to "keep" the livestock if you can not locate the owner.

Library of forms and documents

Current reports