2015 ORS 607.303¹
Owner or lessee of property taking up estray animal
  • notice to owner and department

(1) A person who finds an estray animal unlawfully being permitted to run at large upon the premises of the person, or premises of which the person has lawful possession or control, may take up the animal if the owner of the animal is known to the person.

(2) A person taking up an animal shall within five days give notice of the taking up by certified or registered mail addressed to the owner or person having control of the animal. The notice shall:

(a) Contain a concise description of the animal, including marks and brands, if any.

(b) State that the animal will be released to and sold by the State Department of Agriculture as an estray animal unless redeemed before sale.

(c) State the date of taking up the animal and that the department may sell an unclaimed animal not less than 30 days and not more than 45 days after the date of taking up the animal.

(3) A person taking up an animal shall, no later than five days after giving the notice provided in subsection (2) of this section, forward a copy of the notice to the department or give a copy of the notice to a brand inspector or other agent of the department. [1957 c.604 §24; 2009 c.336 §3]

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Notes of Decisions

The state owed no duty to remove livestock from the highway in an "open area." Turrini v. Gulick, 16 Or App 167, 517 P2d 1230 (1974), Sup Ct review denied

This chapter is a legislative determina­tion that there is no duty to keep livestock off high­ways in "open range" areas unless specifically provided. Turrini v. Gulick, 16 Or App 167, 517 P2d 1230 (1974), Sup Ct review denied

Although Oregon grazing law permits livestock to roam freely and graze at will in any area not designated as livestock district, Willamette Na­tional Forest is not open range. Bilderback v. United States, 558 F Supp 903 (1982)

Law Review Cita­tions

8 WLJ 183 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 607—Livestock Districts; Stock Running at Large, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors607.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 607, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano607.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.