Wyoming Mountain Lion Season Meetings
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information gathering meetings and has opened a comment period to gather public input on these proposals: changes to license issuance regulations, 2010-2011 mountain lion seasons and rules governing contested cases before the Game and Fish Commission.
To comply with federal child support enforcement law, the Game and Fish is proposing to require individuals provide their Social Security number when purchasing or applying for Wyoming hunting and fishing licenses beginning in 2011. The Social Security number will not be printed on the license or be available to the public. All states have been subject to this federal law for many years, but Wyoming was issued an exemption through 2010 as the Game and Fish developed its computer generated license system. The department is also proposing to only issue the federal Harvest Information Program or HIP permit through the Game and Fish website and not from over-the-counter license agents beginning in 2011. Starting in 2011, residents can begin applying for elk, deer and pronghorn licenses Jan. 1 if applying through the Internet. Various other minor modifications to the license issuance regulation are also being proposed.
In the 2010-2011 mountain lion season, hunters will have the opportunity to purchase an additional license for specific hunt areas under the proposal. Hunters will also be required to provide the "date of kill" when registering their mountain lion kill in the proposed regulation. Other minor changes to the mountain lion regulation are also being proposed.
The department is also proposing that all parties in any contested cases with the Game and Fish Commission be afforded an opportunity for a hearing after reasonable notice has been given.
All interested parties are encouraged to attend one of the public meetings to be held at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
- May 27 Casper G&F Office
- June 1 Jackson G&F Office
- June 2 Pinedale G&F Office
- June 3 Lander G&F Office
- June 7 Cody Bighorn Federal Bank
- June 8 Buffalo Buffalo Public Library
- June 9 Laramie G&F Office
- June 10 Green River G&F Office
Written comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. June 22 by mailing: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604. Copies of the proposed regulations are available at the same address in accordance with Chapter 1 of Game and Fish Commission Regulations.
All comments will be presented to the Game and Fish Commission prior to their July 28-29 meeting in Saratoga.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Report supports the American's With Disabilities Act. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations by contacting the corresponding department office.