Rancher accused of allowing his cattle to trespass

July 27, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The son of former Gov. Bruce K[auth] ing and the brother of state Attorney General Gary King has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a yearslong dispute over his cattle grazing in a suburban Albuquerque neighborhood.

The misdemeanor charges against Bill King result from numerous residents’ complaints about cattle destroying lawns, damaging vehicles and leaving droppings on sidewalks in two Rio Rancho neighborhoods that are near the multi-thousand-acre King Ranch.

New Mexico is generally a “fence out” or “open range” state. That means it’s generally property owners’ responsibility to keep livestock off their land with fencing or other means.

King says he’d be breaking the law only if he intentionally herded his cattle into the area.

Rio Rancho police filed the charges in Sandoval County Magistrate Court earlier this week.

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