Wyoming Game and Fish Department

JACKSON (WNE) — Ed Opler, 89, was walking his dog on June 1 when a moose came out of “nowhere” and knocked him to the ground. “He couldn’t see her,” said Opler’s wife, Laura. “She just knocked him right down.” A bit of pandemonium ensued. His wife, who heard the dog barking, looked out the kitchen...
JACKSON — When Lindsey Wennerth saw two of grizzly 399’s offspring meandering through the Solitude subdivision Thursday evening, her motherly instincts kicked in. Seeing the 2-year-old subadults out on their own, knowing they’d been emancipated from their mother, proved emotional, Wennerth said....

A wild pheasant forages in an agricultural field near Heart Mountain last week. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department euthanized its breeding stock of pheasants at the Sheridan bird farm last week after discovering wild birds in the area infected with communicable fatal avian

influenza virus.  Photo by Mark Davis, Powell Tribune. 

POWELL — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department bird farm in Sheridan has euthanized its brood stock of pheasants out of an “abundance of caution” after officials discovered dead turkeys near its captive flock tested positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), a form of avian influenza...
SHERIDAN (WNE) –  James Kozisek’s friends have done the math, and the odds of this happening are very, very, very small. “I believe they said the odds were 0.0000006%,” Kozisek said. “That’s six zeroes, so it's an incredibly small chance.” The Buffalo police officer and lifetime hunter won the...
JACKSON —The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is moving toward authorizing a ewe and lamb hunt in the Gros Ventre mountains near Jackson Hole, aiming to reduce numbers of the herd of bighorn sheep that live in the area. The goal is to prevent a widespread pneumonia die-off, which typically happens...
SHERIDAN — A bill to continue greater sage grouse bird farming — a controversial practice adopted by Wyoming in 2017 in addition to other conservation efforts for the sage grouse — passed a third reading in the Senate Friday. Now received for introduction in the House, if passed, the bill would...
Hunters sue over prosecution   By CJ Baker Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   POWELL — In 2020, a Park County jury cleared two out-of-state hunters of allegations that they killed and wasted elk on Heart Mountain. Now, the men are suing the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, saying they...
Time may be running out for company trying to raise sage grouse   By Mark Davis Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   POWELL — Diamond Wings Upland Game Birds has once again been certified by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to raise greater sage grouse from wild eggs. But without a change...

The front end of a herd of 2,000 to 3,000 elk moves toward the rumble of a tractor plowing roads on the National Elk Refuge. The refuge is trying to cut back on the elks’ dependence on humans for feed in the winter. (Photo by Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com)

National refuge tries to wean its elk off feed and fails so far   By Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com   A phalanx of elk swept across the snowy prairie, a tawny-coated mass on the move that caused National Elk Refuge Biologist Eric Cole to slow his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pickup truck, retrofitted...
Bridger-Teton considers phasing out two elk feedgrounds   By Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile.com   The Bridger-Teton National Forest will consider phasing out the Dell Creek and Forest Park winter elk feedgrounds as it studies Wyoming’s request to continue feeding 900 or more elk at the two sites....

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