Governor Vetoes Wildlife Compensation Bill

Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal has vetoed a bill designed to help landowners receive compensation for damage caused by wildlife.
House Bill 18 would have instructed the Game and Fish Department to create and staff up to five pilot projects providing for landowner compensation for damages to grassland caused by wildlife.
Freudenthal said it would have been a "drastic" departure from existing policy, which pays for only "extraordinary" damages.
He also says the legislation might lock the state into providing funding through at least 2009.
The governor says the program would place a heavy demand on state resources, both in terms of funding and time involved on the part of Game and Fish employees.