Wyoming: Game and Fish Commission Announces Wildlife Taskforce

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CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission announced the formation of a new taskforce that will study top-priority wildlife issues such as licensing and public access facing the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and sportsmen and women. The group, called the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce, will be chaired by Commission President Pete Dube and has seats reserved for the public to serve on the group.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department manages and conserves more than 800 species of fish and wildlife across Wyoming. For nearly 120 years, we’ve carried out our mission to conserve wildlife and serve people. Through these efforts, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department ensures the public continues to enjoy Wyoming’s vast fish and wildlife resource through hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife watching and other forms of outdoor recreation. Hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers contribute over a billion dollars to Wyoming’s economy each year.

Wyoming: CWD Found in Deer and Elk Hunt Areas in NE Wyoming

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Game and Fish continues to notify hunters of new areas where CWD is found

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has confirmed two new hunt areas where deer and elk have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Sheridan Region.

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Wyoming: Public Comment Invited on Wolf Hunting Proposal

Wyoming-Game-and-Fish-Department-LogoCHEYENNE – The population of gray wolves in Wyoming continues to be healthy and exceed all criteria established to show that the species is recovered. As part of the management of wolves Wyoming uses hunting as it does with many other species. The draft regulation for the 2018 wolf hunting regulation is now available for public comment.

The total minimum population of wolves in Wyoming living outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation at the end of 2017 was 238, with 198 in the Wolf Trophy Game Management Area. The proposed mortality limit for 2018 is expected to result in an end of year population of around 160 wolves in the trophy game area, similar to the 2017 wolf hunting season. [Read more…]

Elk Tags available for Grand Teton National Park

Jackson, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming Department of Game and Fish says some licenses to hunt elk at Grand Teton National Park are still available.

Mark Gocke is public information specialist for the game department in Jackson. He says the remaining licenses are for antlerless elk. There are 47 tags remaining for Hunt Area 75, and 23 remaining in Hunt Area 79.

Gocke says the licenses are available on the game department’s Web site. The hunting season for Area 75 runs from Oct. 10 to Dec. 6 while the season for Area 79 lasts from Oct. 10 to Nov. 10.

Jackie Skaggs is spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park. She says the Jackson Hole Elk herd, which includes animals on the park, is now about 12,500 animals.

She says wildlife managers want to reduce the number to about 11,000.