Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Grizzlies suspected in fatal Wyoming attack trapped, killed

JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming officials have trapped and killed two grizzly bears they believe killed a hunting outfitter and injured his client. Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional supervisor Brad Hovinga said Sunday the grizzlies that were killed matched the description of those that killed 37-year-old outfitter Mark Uptain. Uptain’s body was found Saturday in the Teton Wilderness east of…

For first time, fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats detected in Wyoming

Little brown bats found dead in western North Dakota died of white-nose syndrome.CHEYENNE — Wyoming wildlife researchers working at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Goshen County have detected the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, the first such finding in the state. Testing of skin-swab samples collected from the wing of a little brown bat confirmed the presence of…

Scientists in Wyoming launch study on wind farms’ effects on antelope

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Scientists in Wyoming have launched a six-year study of the effect of wind-energy development on pronghorn antelopes. Officials from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit fitted 80 pronghorn does with GPS collars in the Shirley Basin between Laramie and Casper. North of nearby Medicine Bow, the 500-megawatt TB…

Wyoming counts at least 347 wolves in the state

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is estimated to have at least 347 wolves roaming within its borders after the state regained management of the animals and allowed limited hunting of wolves, according to an annual report by state wildlife managers. The number of wolves counted by state game managers at the end of 2017 is down from about 380 estimated the…

Wyoming considers hunt for ‘fringe’ grizzlies

Wyoming officials want to reduce the population of the state’s grizzly bears found on the fringes of their range, outside areas with federal restrictions on hunting. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is considering a 12-animal hunt on the fringes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. “We would be using hunting to reduce the population,” said Dan Thompson, who serves as…