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Ranchers, National Park Service square off over fencing

The Associated Press
September 27, 2018 02:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Ranchers in northern New Mexico are squaring off with federal land managers over miles of unmended fencing along the boundary of Valles Caldera National Preserve.

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They say park rangers last week rounded up cattle that had crossed the boundary without posting a notice of their intention to impound the animals. They say more than 300 cows and calves were corralled without hay and with little water for days until they could make the 300-mile round trip to trailer the livestock home.

The ranchers say the preserve has failed to maintain fencing to keep cattle out, but officials at Valles Caldera argue that New Mexico's fence-out laws are pre-empted by federal law and the responsibility belongs to the ranchers.

The dispute comes as the region grapples with drought, which has left pastures barren and watering holes dry.

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