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Don’t Forget to Close the Fence in Wyoming!

January 10, 2015

This country is split into states partly because each region has its own particular concerns. For example, Florida is one of the only states with laws that specifically protect manatees, while Colorado has laws designed to protect downhill skiers. Wyoming, which is the least populous state in the country, has laws designed to protect cattle.

It is illegal to leave a livestock fence open in Wyoming. Those found guilty of doing so may be fined up to $750. The cattle population is more than double the person population in Wyoming. Since cattle farming accounts for such a large portion of the state’s economy, it makes sense for the law to protect Wyoming’s bovine citizens.

The law doesn’t just protect Wyoming’s cows—it’s also an important public safety measure. If cows are allowed to escape their enclosures, they may wander onto the highway and cause an auto accident. The law protects cattle ranchers, too, as it reduces the likelihood of losing valuable heads of cattle.

In addition to keeping their gates closed, ranchers are responsible for replacing broken fences or missing bars. After all, a section of missing fence is basically the same as an open gate.

If you ever visit Wyoming, be sure to close any gates that you open. Though leaving a gate open may grant freedom to a few lucky cows, it will also lead to a hefty fine and an uncomfortable encounter with an angry rancher.

Even if you consider yourself a law-abiding citizen, there’s always a chance that you’ll get in trouble with the law. If you ever face criminal charges in the Tucson area, let criminal defense attorney Janet Altschuler protect your interests. The criminal justice system is more complicated than you realize; it’s important to have a seasoned expert help you navigate it.

This article is part of a collection of The Most Ridiculous Laws in the United States! Some of these laws are downright hard to believe. Do you know what might be illegal in your state?