Legislative committee wants to bait big game animals for the purpose of killing them safely

Jan 16, 2012

The legislature’s Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee is sponsoring a bill that would allow hunters to bait big game animals. The bill is meant to help lure deer herds away from towns where they could be killed safely.
Republican Senator Bruce Burns of Sheridan is co-chair of the committee. He says having too many big game animals near towns and along the highway is dangerous for drivers and animals.
"This legislation will give authority to Game And Fish commission to go ahead and manage game, which is their purpose is in the first place, in the future for those times that we have an overabundance of any particular type of big game in an area," says Burns.
Burns adds that over and underpasses built by WYDOT along migration corridors have failed to deal with overpopulation. The bill goes before the full legislature next month.