Game And Fish To Seek Special Elk Hunt

Casper, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will ask landowners in Campbell County Tuesday for permission to hold a special elk hunt season this fall. The purpose is to test elk around the Rochelle Hills area for brucellosis. That's where two cattle tested positive for the disease. Game and Fish Director Terry Cleveland says the special hunt is needed because the hunt area where the cattle outbreak occurred is closed this year. Cleveland says landowner permission will be required because many public parcels of land are landlocked by private property. He says the Game and Fish also will seek permission to net-gun and draw blood from 40 to 50 elk following the depredation hunt. Cleveland says they will know with about 95 percent certainty whether or not brucellosis is present in those elk. The landowner meeting is set for Tuesday morning at ten in the Campbell County Public Library.