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Open range laws draw scrutiny after Council incident

Idaho’s open range laws have long held motorists fully liable when they hit livestock, and the laws are drawing more attention after the accident in which a couple hit a bull owned by rancher Jack Yantis of Council, which triggered a shocking turn of events in which Yantis ended up dead at the hands of sheriff’s deputies. Idaho Statesman reporter Bill Dentzer writes that open range laws, affirmed by the Idaho Supreme Court in 2007, are coming under increasing political scrutiny.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little, a rancher himself, told the newspaper, “I tell my cattlemen friends, ‘You have a school bus hit a bull, you’re not going to like the way the open range laws in Idaho are changed.’ ” You can read Dentzer’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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