Bill would block access to Wyoming wildlife, hunter data
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers are considering whether to restrict public access to state data on the movement of big-game animals.
Many elk, mule deer and antelope in Wyoming wear electronic data collars as researchers study how animals move across the landscape. The bill seeks to prevent hunters and poachers from using the data to track down game.
Another bill prepared for the upcoming legislative session would prevent the release of personal information about people who buy state hunting and fishing licenses.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman Renny MacKay says businesses and organizations use contact information to solicit hunters and anglers.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the Legislature’s Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee is sponsoring the bills.