CASPER - Adjusting the mountain lion quotas in five areas, establishing new trap identification guidelines and injecting more flexibility in issuing bison licenses highlight proposals to be presented at public meetings across Wyoming this month.
The G&F is proposing to increase the total mountain lion quota to five in the Black Hills, to nine in the Kemmerer/Cokeville area and eight on the western slope of the Wind River Mountains. The quota would be reduced to six in the Snowy Range and to 15 in the Star Valley/Greys River area.
A female mortality quota would also be established in the Jackson, Star Valley and western slope of the Wind River Mountain hunt areas.
Another proposal would allow the G&F more flexibility in calling hunters on the bison priority list in the event all persons on the list decline participation
Several routine modifications to the G&F’s license issuance regulation are also being proposed. One change would officially permit the G&F not to charge for a duplicate license when the department made the mistake on the original. Another change would formalize the process to allow for the carry-over or refund of licenses in the event of natural disaster, such as fire, closes the majority of public access.
The meetings will be held at these locations:
June 18 4 p.m. Jackson Snow King Resort
June 19 7 p.m. Lander G&F Regional Office
June 19 7 p.m. Sheridan G&F Regional Office
June 20 7 p.m. Casper G&F Regional Office
June 20 7 p.m. Cody Park County Courthouse
June 21 7 p.m. Green River G&F Regional Office
June 21 7 p.m. Laramie G&F Regional Office
In addition, at the Cody meeting several changes being considered for the 2002 big game application booklet will be discussed. The opening date for deer area 164 would move up from Oct. 15 to Oct. 1. That portion of area 165 east of the Coyote Canyon road would be transferred to general hunt area 124.
According to Cody Wildlife Management Coordinator John Emmerich, several doe/fawn licenses would be dropped, while doe/fawn licenses would be added in deer areas 112 and 113. A limited quota any white-tailed deer license would be added to area 127, and as previously discussed at the 2001 season setting meetings, moose areas 42 and 43 will be closed in 2002.
If unable to attend a meeting, written comments will accepted through July 3 by writing Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Attn: Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Suite 100, Casper, WY 82604. Copies of the proposed regulations are available by writing the same address.
The G&F Commission will consider the proposed regulations at their July 23-24 meeting in Thermopolis. All comments will be presented to the commission prior to the meeting.
The G&F supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone needing auxiliary aids to attend the meeting should contact their nearest G&F office. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.