A quiet plague that is affecting ranchers is rustling.
Usually the cows are slaughters in the field and the choice cuts are carried away for sale in meat market in the various cities. Police also have raided underground slaughter houses where stolen cattle were prepared for market.
For some ranchers this is a tragedy because the stolen cows were part of a lengthy breeding regime.
Fuerza Púbica officers at a bridge over the Río Frio in Guatuso de Alajuela stopped a man at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man and two others were trying to make off with 21 head of cattle from a nearby ranching operation, said police.