Wyoming has long been a state known for its proliferation of farms and ranches. In fact, the state still boasts some of the largest agricultural lands in the country, with the average farm boasting more than 2,700 acres. The state’s 11,600 farms and ranches contribute more than $2 billion to the state’s economy.
Cattle and calves are Wyoming’s largest livestock commodity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, followed by hogs, and then sheep. On the farming side, hay remains the state’s largest crop, followed by sugar beets and barley.
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Like most other property owners, farm and ranch owners are liable for the actions of animals on their property, whether they are wild or domestic:
- Owners are strictly liable for wild animals under their control.
- Owners are strictly liable for domestic animals with known dangerous tendency.
- Owners can be held liable for negligence for domestic animals with no known dangerous tendencies.
In Wyoming, domestic animals are defined as creatures “devoted to the service of mankind at the time and in the place in which (they are) kept,” and typically includes dogs and livestock, for example.
Additionally, Wyoming is considered a “fence-out” state, which simply means that a landowner is able to pursue a claim for damaged property if someone’s livestock breached a lawful fence. There are exceptions, of course.
These are just a couple of examples. If you are dealing with a legal issue that threatens your farm or ranch, seek out professional legal assistance. Call a civil litigation attorney in Cody as soon as possible at 307-527-7891.
As more and more people flock to rural areas, especially in states like Wyoming, agricultural operators face the increased risk of nuisance lawsuits, which typically claim that livestock and crops are a nuisance.
Lawmakers in states like Wyoming have since stepped forward to shield farmers and ranchers by drafting and passing what is known as “Right to Farm” laws. These laws generally reject nuisance lawsuits against farmers and ranchers. These laws also generally prohibit states and municipalities from passing further rules or laws that might impede legitimate agricultural operations.
In Wyoming, for example, anyone who owns livestock or grows crops for personal use are not protected. Wyoming Right to Farm law only protects commercial producers but excludes big game.
If you are a farm or ranch owners and you are worried about your rights in Wyoming, do not hesitate to reach out to a civil attorney by calling Burg Simpson’s Wyoming office at 307-527-7891.
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The experienced attorneys at Burg Simpson in Cody, Wyoming can handle disputes that plague farm and ranch owners. Call Burg Simpson at 307-527-7891 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form if you need legal assistance.