GATESVILLE — Coryell County voters will decide whether livestock can roam freely or must be confined by their owners. The open/closed-range issue is a bit confusing with two initiatives on the ballot.

The first initiative pertains only to cattle and simply states: “Adoption of the Stock Law.” A “for” vote will support a closed range, meaning the cattle owner is responsible for keeping his livestock contained. An “against” vote supports open range, meaning landowners are responsible for keeping cattle off their property.

The second initiative pertains to livestock other than cattle: “Letting horses, mules, jacks, jennets, donkeys, hogs, sheep and goats run at large in Coryell County.” On this initiative, a “for” vote favors open range; an “against” vote supports closed range.

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