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Game and Fish hosts meeting on wolf rules

Apr 8, 2012 - Staff

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is hosting a meeting on the its drafted new regulations covering wolf management and wolf hunting at 6 p.m. on April 11 the agency's Lander offices.

The draft regulations are available at gf.state.wy.us.

Many are looking to get wolves off the federal list of threatened or endangered species in Wyoming.

Last August, Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reached an agreement to move forward with delisting. Under the agreement, Wyoming will maintain at least 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The current Trophy Game Management Area in northwest Wyoming will extend about 50 miles to the south from its current location near the Wyoming/Idaho border.

Wolves in the seasonal expansion area will be managed as trophy game from Oct. 15 to the last day of February. During the rest of the year, wolves in this seasonal expansion area will be designated as predators.

In September 2011, after a public comment period, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved changes to its Gray Wolf Management Plan that incorporated the elements of the agreement.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will consider the proposed regulations at its April 25-26 meeting in Casper.

Public comments will be accepted by the agency until 5 p.m. on April 23. Submit comments to: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, ATTN: Wolf Regulation Comments, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604.

Comments will also be accepted at the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting in Casper on April 25-26.

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