Horses, mules, asses, cattle, sheep or goats could have roamed Idaho counties at large under legislation vetoed Monday afternoon by Gov. Cecil Andrus.

In a "can't win" situation, the legislation declared that county commissions couldn't pass any ordinances regulating or otherwise controlling livestock, unless the county already had created a herd district.And it's almost impossible to create herd districts, state attorneys contend.

Andrus said House Bill 386 created "an unacceptable procedure" that bypasses county commissions and limits their ability to control specific circumstances that clearly are under their legal responsibilities.

"The Idaho Association of Counties opposes this legislation, in part, because of the belief that issues like the ones addressed in House Bill 386 are best solved at the local government level," the governor said. "I agree, and as a result, I have vetoed this proposal."