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Cluck, cluck, cluck: A contentious debate over hen-keeping

July 10, 2010 |  8:05 am
Chicken

You could say that the fur is flying in Bishop.

But this is a story about chickens.

A city council member's desire to have chickens has helped stir an emotional debate that goes beyond domesticated poultry. It's caused the Eastern Sierra town of 3,600 to examine its very identity: Is Bishop city or country? It's pitted natives against transplants derided as "flatlanders," and uncorked resentments rooted in -- of all things -- the long-ago water grab. Read more in Mike Anton's report from the front lines.

Photo: Clifford Crickette, 81, nabs one of his four chickens at his Bishop, Calif., home. The town of 3,600 residents is embroiled in an uproar over whether a 1966 ordinance forbids people from keeping chickens in their yards. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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