QUESTION: I was out in the desert this weekend setting up water stations for undocumented aliens crossing the desert. We stashed the water every third mile. We were fairly close to the All-American canal and the Mexican border.
While we were out there we ran into some fat, healthy, Brahma cattle. Do you know where they came from?
We were on federal land, not too far from Mexico. They didn't have any brands. Can they be wild cattle?
Can we lasso them and take them home? Or hold a carne asada dinner? — Do-gooder, Calexico
Of course, not. You know you can't pick up a stray cow. Nobody would believe it was lost and just followed you home.
We would warn you that in the West cattle rustling is a serious crime.
They could be wild cattle. It's possible there is a green meadow and a spring fed by seepage from the canal. Feral donkeys survive and multiply in the desert. Brahma cattle are pretty tough.