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Feb 19, 2013 1:56 PM by Jen Fenter (Great Falls)

Is it legal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone?

It's a felony for a woman to open her husbands mails...or for an unmarried woman to go fishing least according to the circulating myths of Montana laws.

With just a quick online search, you can find dozens of strange laws that claim to once be on the books.

Some Montanans have heard variations of their own.

Doug Ray said, "A dog can't ride in the front seat ofa vehicle, but then they turn around and tell you the dog can't ride in the back!"

Mitch Posey said, "It was illegal to ride horses up Central Avenue in Great Falls...something about a conflict with the cars, when they were first coming on to the scene."

Brenda Peterson shared, "I think there was something several years ago, about it was still legal to hit your wife with a stick, or something like that."

According to, here is a selection of supposed "dumb laws" in Montana:

- One may not pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor.

- It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.

- It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.

- In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.

They're entertaining to hear, but could you really be thrown behind bars for committing one of these alleged crimes?

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says that's not likely; he noted that he would need at least five more jails to house all of the new "criminals" if such laws were found to be valid and enforceable.


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