New wildlife laws take effect this July
Cheyenne, Wy – A new slate of state laws take affect this month. Several affect outdoor enthusiasts, the laws regulate elk feeding, antler collection and Internet hunting.
The Wyoming Legislature addressed several sporting issues during this winter's session.
Lawmakers say it's a subject that often garners more attention than other issues because of people's interest in hunting and wildlife issues.
A law taking effect July 1 gives the Game and Fish Commission authority to regulate the collection of shed antlers. Officials say regulations in Idaho and Utah have pushed more collectors into Wyoming.
Another law taking effect July 1 bans the intentional feeding of elk. Game officials say the law is intended to prevent elk from mingling with livestock, which could allow elk to transmit the disease brucellosis.