Wyoming Game and Fish Department

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…

In Wyoming, keeping tabs on wolves keeps biologists on their toes

JACKSON, Wyo. — Ken Mills didn’t seem fazed to have a deep-sleeping wolf riding shotgun. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist was on his 29th phone call since waking, and he relayed details of a record 11 wolves captured in a single day. The seat of his pickup was still wet from snow that melted off a sedated and…

After bison bounce back in Wyoming, state plans hunt

After a rebound in Wyoming’s bison population, the state Game and Fish Department is planning a hunt this fall. The agency announced at a meeting over the weekend that a bison hunt will take place between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 on the North Fork. Hunters will be allowed to harvest three animals each. State wildlife biologist Tony Mong said…

In Wyoming, proposed oil and gas project in key sage grouse habitat draws concern

(Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture)Oil and gas activity in Wyoming’s Converse County is looking up, but a proposed project to ride off the expected boom reportedly poses a possible threat to the greater sage grouse. The project would involve drilling 5,000 wells over 10 years. The Douglas Core Area, which is protected sage grouse habitat, would be included…

Wyoming fights to protect premier trout fishery from walleyes

Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are working on a long-term plan to keep walleyes in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir from damaging one of the state’s most popular wild trout fisheries. Someone likely introduced the walleyes into the reservoir in 2002 or 2003, according to researchers. Regulations require anglers to kill any walleye they catch. Researchers plan to fit walleyes…

More grizzly bears roaming outside national parks in Wyoming

In 2016, Wyoming recorded 223 cases of conflicts between grizzly bears and humans outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and the Wind River Indian Reservation. It was by far the highest number of conflicts among the three states in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Montana had 118, and Idaho just two last year.

Rare CWD elk case in Sheridan, Wyo., area

CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an infectious protein that affects the animal’s brain. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)SHERIDAN, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says a cow elk in southeast Washakie County has been diagnosed with chronic wasting disease. Agency spokesman Renny MacKay says the elk had been previously collared…