County hosting town hall on open range law

November 13, 2018

KINGMAN — A town hall will be held Monday night on the rise of livestock encounters with cars.

Mohave County is seeing a rise in encounters between livestock and cars and with private property, including damaging landscaping. Most of the incidentd are in supervisor Districts 1 and 4, District 4 Sup. Jean Bishop said.

District 1 Sup. Gary Watson and Bishop will hold a town hall on legal aspects of the open range law, including federal, state and county experts. There is no actual open range law on the books but there are nine state laws dealing with livestock and fences.

According to the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, county supervisors have the authority to designate no-fence districts.

If someone lives in a no-fence district, property damage by stray livestock falls on the livestock owner. If you don’t live in a no-fence district, it is the responsibility of the property owner to fence out unwanted livestock.

The open range law also deals with damage to a lawful fence, liability of killing livestock, vehicle accidents with livestock, and the definition of a lawful fence. State laws also deal with dogs chasing, wounding or killing livestock, which could lead to a misdemeanor or the dog being euthanized if proven it killed the livestock.

The panel will include Arizona Sen. Sonny Borrelli, Arizona Rep. Regina Cobb, representatives from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension office, Mohave Livestock Association/Farm Bureau, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s open range detective, the county attorney’s office and the public works department.

The town hall will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the county administration building at 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman. The meeting also can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/user/mohavecountyus.

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