Comment Period Open For Wolf Hunting Season, Hunter Safety Changes, and More

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CHEYENNE– The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has opened a public comment period on a number of proposed changes to regulations and seasons. These include:

  Chapter 4: Furbearing and Trapping Seasons
  Chapter 26: Regulation Concerning Hunter Safety
  Chapter 29: Issuance and Sale of Wyoming Interstate Game Tags
  Chapter 36: Regulation Governing Taxidermists
  Chapter 42: Mountain Lion Hunting Seasons
  Chapter 44: Regulation for Issuance of Licenses, Permits, Stamps, Tags, Preference Points, and Coupons
  Chapter 47: Gray Wolf Hunting Seasons

The comment period runs through 5 p.m. on July 3, 2008. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will take action on these items at its July 30-Aug.1, 2008, meeting in Dubois.

The department will also hold a series of public meetings to discuss these issues. The schedule for those meetings is as follows:

June 9, 7 p.m., Green River, WWCC, Green River Center, JWP Room
June 9,    7 p.m., Laramie, Albany County Library
June 10, 7 p.m., Lander, Lander Community Center
June 10, 7 p.m., Pinedale, Pinedale Library
June 11, 7 p.m., Jackson, Antler Inn
June 11, 6:30 p.m., Sheridan, Sheridan College, C-tel Room
June 12, 7 p.m., Casper, Casper Regional Office
June 12, 7 p.m., Cody, Holiday Inn

The department is proposing a wolf hunting season for the Trophy Game Area of northwest Wyoming in fall of 2008. The structure of the season will be an Area Harvest Quota Limitation, in which the season for each wolf hunt area will close when the harvest quota for that area has been reached. The proposal will establish wolf seasons and harvest quotas in four hunt areas in the Trophy Game Area of northwest Wyoming. These are:

      Hunt Area          Season Dates            Harvest Quota

      Sunlight             Oct. 1-Nov. 30                    5
      Francs Peak       Oct. 1-Nov. 30                 10
      Gros Ventre       Oct. 1-Nov. 15                    5
      Green River        Oct. 1-Nov. 30                   5

“This proposed season structure and harvest quota represents an extremely conservative approach to wolf hunting in Wyoming,” said Game and Fish Wildlife Assistant Chief Bill Rudd. “Wolves are reproducing at an average annual rate of 24 percent in Wyoming, and can sustain much higher harvest than we are proposing through hunting. Removing some wolves through controlled hunting can also help prevent wolf-livestock conflicts in some cases.”

All hunters who take a wolf in the Trophy Game Area will be required to report that take within 24 hours. They will also be required to present the skull and pelt to a district Game Warden, district wildlife biologist or department personnel at a Game and Fish regional office during normal business hours within five days.

To see proposed wolf hunting seasons and associated information, visit the Game and Fish Web site at /services/education/wolves/index.asp. Copies of all regulation changes and seasons can be viewed at the public meetings or by contacting the Casper region Game and Fish office at (307) 473-3400.

All comments must be in writing and must be submitted at the public meetings or mailed to the following address:

  Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  Wildlife Division
  ATTN: Regulations
  3030 Energy Lane
  Casper, WY  82604
  (307) 473-3400

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