Black Hawk County Nixes Proposed Loose Cattle Fine

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa county has shelved a proposal to crack down on stray livestock.

The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone the measure indefinitely after hearing concerns from local farmers about possible conflicts with state laws.

Sheriff Tony Thompson had sought better enforcement tools to deal with cattle, horses and other large animals getting loose and creating a nuisance and public safety issues on public roads, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ( ).

But after visiting with representatives at Iowa Farm Bureau, he conceded it may require a change in state law to alter the current situation.

“Nobody is denying there’s a problem, but at the present time we may be hamstrung by the way the Iowa Code is written,” Thompson said. “The good thing is now we’ve got a dialogue with county Farm Bureau.”

Thompson said his deputies have responded to at least 35 calls for service this year for stray livestock, with many of those calls going to the same address. Two cows have been hit by vehicles on Interstate 380.