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FENCING OUT STOCK IN WYOMING

For rural Park County landowners, a common and contentious issue often involves disputes concerning trespassing livestock.  Sheriff Scott Steward reminds residents that Wyoming is a ‘fence out state’ for cattle, mules and horses.  “Landowners who prefer not to have livestock on their property are responsible for fencing them out,” commented Steward.  “Traditionally this is due to the large proportion of open range in the state.  Therefore, if your neighbor’s stock wanders into your unfenced private property, the livestock owner faces no criminal penalties and is not liable for the damage caused.” 
 
Steward stressed that there is no violation of Wyoming state statutes in these disputes and therefore, law enforcement will not get involved.  And while Wyoming is a fence out state for livestock (including domesticated buffalo) it is a ‘fence in state’ for sheep, which are typically under the supervision of a herder.
 
To avoid the situation of a neighbor’s stock in your garden, fields, pasture and so on, fence your rural property.  If there is as a ‘lawful fence’ separating the properties, landowners can recover actual damages through civil action in the local court or through arbitration.  Lawful fences are outlined in Wyoming’s statutes and include fences constructed well enough to keep out livestock.  

For more information on Wyoming's fencing laws CLICK HERE.

 
   

DISPATCH CENTER


Non-Emergency Numbers
Cody:
  (307) 527-8700
Powell: (307) 754-8700

Sheriff’s Civil Process &
Administration:

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cody:   (307) 527-8710
Powell: (307) 754-8710

General Fax Number:
Cody:   (307) 527-8708
Powell: (307) 754-8708

Sheriff’s Detention Center:
Cody:   (307) 527-8750
Powell: (307) 754-8750

Detention Center Administrative Assistant:
(307) 527-8714 or
(307) 754-8714

Location:
Park County/ Cody Law
Enforcement Center
1402 River View Drive
Cody, WY 82414
                   
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LOCAL RESIDENT RECEIVES "SPECIAL DEPUTY" RECOGNITION
 
On September 10, 2014, John Freitas, age 42 of Clark was sworn in as a “Special Deputy” for the Park County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Scott Steward.  Mr. Freitas’ wife and in-laws were the victims of a triple homicide in Clark on March 2, 2013.  Since that time, he has formed a special bond with the department.
 
“I am very grateful to the all of the members of the Park County Sheriff’s Office for their caring and compassion during the investigation into my family’s deaths,” commented Mr. Freitas.  “They not only displayed great professionalism but made every effort to keep me informed every step of the way.  I’ve since developed a special relationship with department and I wanted to give something back.”
 
“The ‘Special Deputy’ designation is symbolic in nature and affords the recipient no special privileges,” said Sheriff Steward.  “It is traditionally given to those individuals that have formed a unique relationship to the Park County Sheriff’s Office or has made distinctive contributions.  I’m happy to have Special Deputy John Freitas on board.”

  • Population - (28,702 from 2012 Census iinformation)

• The county seat is Cody.

• The county contains the
majority of Yellowstone
National Park's total area. 

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