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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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NEW DEPUTIES RECEIVE COMMISSIONS
 
Three deputies recently received their commissions from Sheriff Scott Steward during ceremonies held at the Park County Law Enforcement Center.  Deputy Justin Kroeker was commissioned as the new patrol deputy for the Cody area.  He transferred to patrol from detention.  Deputies Brennan Fitzgerald and Dennis Harper received their commission as detention deputies.
 
Deputy Kroeker is originally from southern California where he earned his associates degree in criminal justice from Victor Valley College in Victorville, California. He came to Cody in 2010 where he currently lives with his wife, Stacy and their 2 year old daughter.
 
Deputy Fitzgerald is originally from Juneau, Wisconsin and vacationed on his family’s ranch north of Lovell, Montana during the summer and holidays before moving to Powell.  He attended the Madison Police Academy and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he earned his associates degree in Criminal Justice. He also played football for Wisconsin-Green Bay for two years and is currently attending Northwest College.
 
Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Deputy Harper moved to Park County in 2012.  Prior to that, he served 17 years with Florida Department of Corrections where he achieved the rank of captain. He currently lives in Cody with his wife, Valerie and their three children.

 

  • 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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The Park County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing you the public with the information on how we are doing. Keeping the public informed is and always will be something that we strongly believe is important to both us and ultimately the members of the public. We strive to provide that information that is allowed by Wyoming State Statute and will provide performance reports as they become available. Check out our news page which has not only our media bulletin, but shows our patrol statistics by month. (Adobe Acrobat Viewer is required to read the files) Visit www.adobe.com to download your free copy. We welcome any feedback from the public on how we are doing.


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