Cut cattle fences a problem
Kids on ATVs damage barriers, let livestock roam
By Ed Johnson
The News-Press (FL)
In the Old West, cowboys tore down settlers’ fences so their cattle could roam the open range. In Lee County kids on ATVs are the culprits, and deputies are worried someone is going to be killed.
For the better part of two years, the four Lee County sheriff’s deputies who make up the county’s agriculture unit have been waging a running battle with a kind of night rider who has been cutting fences and, in some cases, smashing them down, deputies and cowboys said.
And, while this isn’t exactly cattle country, the cut fences give the 500-odd head in these parts a chance to make their escape, said sheriff’s Cpl. Randy Hodges.