game and fish http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en New Study To Investigate Declines In Pronghorn Populations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-study-investigate-declines-pronghorn-populations <p>Wyoming’s pronghorn populations have been&nbsp;declining&nbsp;rapidly in the last ten years and&nbsp;a coalition of groups including&nbsp;the University of Wyoming and Game and Fish are trying to figure out why.&nbsp; In 2010,&nbsp;there were over 500,000 pronghorn in the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;Today, that number has dropped to a little more than 400,000.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:54:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 54766 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Study To Investigate Declines In Pronghorn Populations House Begins Debate On Additional Game And Fish Funding http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-begins-debate-additional-game-and-fish-funding <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill that would provide more funding to the State Game and Fish Department.</p><p></p><p>The bill would, for the first time, allow health insurance for Game and Fish employees to be paid for by the state.&nbsp; Until now, that’s been covered by the Department. It would also help cover the Department's costs for managing the state's Grizzly Bear population.&nbsp;&nbsp;The total impact to the state budget is estimated to be around seven million dollars a year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:47:24 +0000 Bob Beck 54613 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House Begins Debate On Additional Game And Fish Funding Senate Approves Game And Fish Funding http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-approves-game-and-fish-funding <p>The State Senate approved additional funding for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, but not without discussion.</p><p>The bill provides $14 million for the department to pay for health insurance and grizzly management.&nbsp; &nbsp;It’s intended to address financial issues within the Department, after a hunting license fee increase was defeated last year.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Phil Nicholas says the fee hike was defeated because the Game and Fish has incurred the wrath of those who pay the fees.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:13:11 +0000 Bob Beck 54221 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Approves Game And Fish Funding $5 million budget cut concerns Game and Fish supporters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/5-million-budget-cut-concerns-game-and-fish-supporters <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved nearly five million dollars in budget cuts that were necessary after the legislature failed to approved an increase in game and fish license fees.&nbsp; The department is funded 80 percent by license fees and was already dealing with a deficit when the fee hikes were voted down.&nbsp; But lawmakers wanted the Game and Fish Department to be more efficient.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:14:47 +0000 Bob Beck 43647 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org $5 million budget cut concerns Game and Fish supporters New law requires inspections for all boats entering Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-law-requires-inspections-all-boats-entering-wyoming <p>Starting on April 15, all boats entering Wyoming will have to be inspected to ensure that they’re not carrying any aquatic invasive species.</p><p></p><p>Until now, inspections were only required for boats that had been in waters that were known to be infested. But Beth Bear with the Game and Fish Department says they were worried that boaters could be in infested waters without knowing it.</p><p>She says invasives like zebra mussels can cause major problems.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:21:06 +0000 Willow Belden 39271 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New law requires inspections for all boats entering Wyoming Game and Fish plans to remove brook trout to restore native fish http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-plans-remove-brook-trout-restore-native-fish <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to remove non-native fish from a stream in the Bighorn National Forest, in order to restore a native fish that has nearly died out.</p><p>The agency would use a chemical to kill off brook trout and then re-stock the stream with Yellowstone cut-throat trout, which are native to Wyoming.</p><p>Assistant Fisheries Management Coordinator Mark Smith says cut-throats have not been able to compete with brook trout, which were introduced to the state in the 1930s. He says nearly 90 percent of the cut-throats in the Bighorns have died off already.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:50:54 +0000 Willow Belden 38078 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish plans to remove brook trout to restore native fish Legislature to consider Game and Fish Department's license fee hikes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-consider-game-and-fish-departments-license-fee-hikes <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><p></p><p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking state legislators to vote on two bills that would add funding to the agency in 2014. The first bill would raise license fees for hunters and anglers. The second bill would establish a raffle for big game and trophy hunts.</p><p>The Department’s Eric Keszler says they’ve already cut down their budget where they could.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:56:27 +0000 Irina Zhorov & Irina 34920 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislature to consider Game and Fish Department's license fee hikes Game and Fish urges hunters to be bear aware http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-urges-hunters-be-bear-aware <p>It’s hunting season, and in northwest Wyoming it’s also the time of year when bears – especially grizzlies – are more active as they prepare for the winter.&nbsp; Because of this, the Wyoming Game and Fish office in Cody is urging people to be cautious about bear encounters.&nbsp;</p><p>Spokeswoman Tara Teaschner says people should hunt with a partner, and if they get a kill, they need to be especially alert.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:17:47 +0000 Bob Beck 30652 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish urges hunters to be bear aware Game and Fish prepares to implement new boat inspection rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-prepares-implement-new-boat-inspection-rules <p>Starting next year, all boats that enter Wyoming will have to be inspected, to make sure they’re not carrying any aquatic invasive species.</p><p>Until now, boats had to be inspected if they passed by an open inspection station, or if they had been in a body of water that was known to host invasive species. But Beth Bear with the Game and Fish Department says under that system, many boats went un-checked.</p><p>Bear says Game and Fish is trying to make it easy for boat owners to comply with the new rules.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:11:37 +0000 Willow Belden 30594 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish prepares to implement new boat inspection rules Wyomingites asked to report dead sage grouse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomingites-asked-report-dead-sage-grouse <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking all Wyoming residents to report dead sage grouse they find so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.</p><p>Sage grouse have low resistance to the disease and it usually kills infected birds.</p><p>Tom Christiansen with Game and Fish says there is no sign yet of an outbreak in the state this year.A recent limited survey in the Powder River Basin detected only low numbers of a particular type of mosquito known to carry the disease.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:24:58 +0000 The Associated Press 27617 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyomingites asked to report dead sage grouse New invasive species found near Pinedale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-invasive-species-found-near-pinedale <p>The Game and Fish Department has found a new invasive species in Wyoming. It&rsquo;s an alligator snapping turtle, which is native to southeastern states and can grow to be more than 200 pounds.</p><p>Lucy Diggins with the Game and Fish office in Green River says a fisherman caught the turtle on a lake near Pinedale over the weekend.</p><p>&ldquo;He snagged what he thought was a turtle, using a lure, and quickly realized that this huge, armored turtle, with huge jaws and a long tail, probably was not a Wyoming native species,&rdquo; Diggins said.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:10:03 +0000 Willow Belden 27567 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New invasive species found near Pinedale Game and Fish approves wolf plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-approves-wolf-plan <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has approved the state&rsquo;s wolf management plan.&nbsp; It allows wolves to be shot on site in most of the state, with hunting seasons scheduled for an area in northwest Wyoming.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:23:32 +0000 Bob Beck 23127 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish approves wolf plan Game and Fish to set wolf hunting seasons http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-set-wolf-hunting-seasons <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will meet this week in Casper to consider setting a hunting season for wolves for the coming fall.</p><p>The commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Casper. It has been holding public meetings around the state on the proposed gray wolf management hunting rules.</p><p>Seasons and license quotas for all big game species, including wild bison, will be established. In addition, the commission will set seasons for upland and early migratory birds and small game as well as turkey seasons for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 hunts.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:54:32 +0000 The Associated Press 22966 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish to set wolf hunting seasons Game and Fish unveils new mule deer management plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-unveils-new-mule-deer-management-plan <p>The Game and Fish Department has drawn up a new management plan for mule deer in the Platte Valley. The herd there has been declining for some time, and the management plan is aimed at reversing that trend.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The plan includes measures to limit mule deer hunting, improve the animals&rsquo; habitat and curb predation by bears and lions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Regional Wildlife Supervisor Rick King says currently, an unlimited number of mule deer licenses can be sold.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:14:41 +0000 Willow Belden 19851 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish unveils new mule deer management plan Game and Fish pushes to allow baiting of big game http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-pushes-allow-baiting-big-game <p>The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is pushing to allow baiting of big game animals to allow hunters to lure deer herds away from towns.</p><p>The Legislature&#39;s Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee is sponsoring a bill that would allow the state Game Commission authority to bait deer into places where they could be killed safely.</p><p>Sen. Bruce Burns of Sheridan is co-chairman of the legislative committee. He says towns in the region would take advantage of the new law to allow hunters to thin out the herds of whitetail deer.</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:35:48 +0000 The Associated Press 17978 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish pushes to allow baiting of big game Game and Fish Officials Urge Hunters To Dispose Or Carcasses Properly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-officials-urge-hunters-dispose-or-carcasses-properly <p>The Wyoming Department of Game and Fish wants hunters to properly dispose of animal carcasses in landfills and not in the wild.</p><p>A Wyoming man was bitten by a weak, old grizzly bear while hunting near Cody last week.</p><p>Denny Hammer of the local Game and Fish office says the bear was unable to hunt and had dragged discarded carcasses to a dense area of willows where it made a day bed. The hunter surprised it when he passed, and the bear bit his leg. The man remained hospitalized for two days. Hammer says Game and Fish trapped and euthanized the bear.</p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 01:15:20 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 15202 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game and Fish Officials Urge Hunters To Dispose Or Carcasses Properly Meeting over wolf plan to be held in Riverton http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/meeting-over-wolf-plan-be-held-riverton <p>Federal wildlife managers are soliciting public comment on a plan that could see an end to federal protections for Wyoming wolves as soon as next year.<br> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:40:56 +0000 Bob Beck 15182 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Meeting over wolf plan to be held in Riverton