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The CBC reports that Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer “will impose inspections fees of between $3 and $5 per head on the Canadian cattle going through his state” with cattle owners required to pay the inspection fees. And, the governor told the CBC that “he will urge his counterparts in Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington State and Wyoming to follow his state's actions.”

This inspection will be in addition to those done in Canada and at the border by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has vowed to fight the inspection fees in court.

Meanwhile, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its written decision overturning the temporary injunction keeping the US border closed to Canadian cattle because of fears about the spread of mad cow disease. The court said that the temporary injunction was legally and fundamentally flawed and never should have been issued.

The ranchers group that pushed for the temporary injunction reportedly is considering whether to continue pushing for closure of the border.
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