Trinity County sells stray cattle at auction, owner to pay fees

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Almost a month after Trinity County Sheriff's deputies rounded up 40 head of cattle that had been roaming loose through various county properties, the bovines were sold at auction in Crockett earlier this month.

The cattle's owner stepped forward to claim them, according to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace. After the owner settles up with Trinity County in regard to approximately $11,000 in back fees and property damage, he or she will get the rest of the proceeds from the cattle sale.

Wallace said since he took office in January, he has received numerous complaints about cattle running loose across property in the Apple Springs area. For about the past six months, Trinity County officials have been working to track down the animals that routinely roamed through 1,000 acres of land owned by a timber company.

The landowner reported these cattle had been out there for the past several years, and they've been fighting with different people about whose cattle they are," Wallace said.

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