PORTLAND, OR -- A Klamath Falls rancher and the Union Pacific have settled a legal battle over 24 cattle of an ancient breed that were hit by a train and killed. The terms were not disclosed, and the railroad admitted no wrongdoing in the August 2011 incident. Rancher Bruce Topham valued the Salers cattle at several hundred thousand dollars. Images of the breed have been discovered on cave walls in France dating back 7,000 years.
Over two years ago, the cattle escaped from a field Topham was leasing about 24 miles north of Klamath Falls. They climbed onto the tracks, and a northbound Amtrak Coast Starlight hit them. The train was on rails the Union Pacific owns. A Klamath County sheriff's investigator said at the time it was extraordinary to see so many cattle die in one accident.
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