Pennsylvania Landowners Get More Liability Protection

When the owner of a Lehigh County orchard was found partially liable for injuries caused by a hunter's stray bullet, which struck a woman a half-mile away, a move to increase landowner liability was begun—and now it's completed. Gov. Ed Rendell has signed new legislation that will encourage farmers to continue to allow hunters on their lands, according to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. As PFB President Carl T. Shaffer told the Solanco News: "Farmers now can be more confident that their livelihood won't be at risk when they open their land to hunters. We have wanted our good relationships with hunters to continue because they help us control wildlife damage to our crops while we provide them a place to enjoy recreational activities." Read the full report here.