Pittsburgh Steelers co-owner buys thousands of acres of land in Idaho

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PIttsburgh Steelers co-owner Thomas Tull is buying up thousands of acres of land in eastern Idaho in what some local residents consider a land grab.

Tull, a billionaire entrepreneur, and entities connected to him have purchased more than 7,000 acres in the Teton Valley, the the wall street journal reported. Several neighbors have complained about increased truck traffic in the rural community south of Yellowstone National Park, arguing that land development has scared off wildlife.

“It’s been nine months since we’ve seen elk or moose,” Anne Callison, who lives near the Tull property, told the outlet.

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In December 2020, Tull purchased the 4,000-acre Teton Ridge Ranch, previously owned by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, for $35 million, according to the report. Since then he has purchased an additional 3,000 acres of adjoining land by purchasing houses, plots of land, etc. for about $30 million, a total investment of about $65 million, real estate agents estimate.

Despite the development claims, Tull spokesman Mickey Mandelbaum said Tull intended to keep most of its land for private use.

“He also believes in being a steward of the land for the next generation and this conservation-minded philosophy is consistent with his philanthropic efforts,” Mandelbaum told the outlet.

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Tull, who has stakes in several companies, has been a minority owner of the Steelers since 2010.

Representatives for the Teton County Commissioner, the Idaho Bureau of Land Management and the Steelers organization did not respond to the Washington Examiner requests for comments.

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