By Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2020

NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in North Carolina say that hair is being cut from horses’ tails and is likely being sold.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Friday that the thefts are being reported by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

The office said in a statement that it has received reports that “unknown suspects” have been going to pastures to take the animals’ hair.

“Apparently there is a high demand for horse hair and they are selling the hair,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.

This is not the first time authorities in North Carolina have reported a horse’s tail hair was stolen.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office in the eastern part of the state said in March that thieves had sheared the tail of a show horse named Thunder. The department said at the time that the hair could be used to make wigs, art projects and fishing line.

Horses’ tails are considered the animals’ main line of defense against biting insects that can carry disease.

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