|By Gordon Dickson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The 28-mile toll road, named after the historical cattle trails that led to
But officials at the
"It would have been a lot more fun having them go down the road, but
So instead, five longhorn steers stood aimlessly Friday morning in a roughly 400-square-foot makeshift pen -- occasionally letting out a bored-sounding "moo" -- while about 300 dignitaries took part in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting under a white tent on the
They were little more than a beefy backdrop.
'It puts us at risk'
"The first plan was to have them on the roadway, but they (tollway officials) said they might not be controllable," said
In all, there was too much potential for cattle chaos.
"That's the way to do it. Otherwise, it puts us at risk," tollway authority spokesman
The Fort Worth Herd makes it way along
And herds have been known to pop up elsewhere in
Murrin also objected to signing a liability waiver.
"I told them it's kind of like asking a neighbor to come cook for you and then ask them to sign a waiver," Murrin said. "But that's
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