Wyoming Hunting News

Fewer Carcasses Tallied in 2003 Deer Mortality Surveys
Gary Fralick, the G&F’s wildlife biologist in Thayne, says the overall 2002-03 winter and early spring mule deer mortality was below normal for the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Herd.
Black Bear Hunter Fined for Shooting Grizzly Bear
Being sure of your target is one of the fundamental rules of safe hunting. Violating this rule can cost hundreds of dollars and a great deal of embarrassment. Mitchell Brian Yarrington found this out May 26 when he went black bear hunting west of Thermopolis. Yarrington mistakenly shot and killed a 5-year old male grizzly bear weighing approximately 350 pounds thinking that he had taken an uncommon, blonde-phased black bear.
Young Male Grizzly Euthanized West of Cody
Receiving a reward is usually a good thing. If you are a large predatory animal like a bear, obtaining a human food reward could cost you your life. Such was the case this past week when wildlife biologists decided to euthanize a young grizzly bear frequenting the Pahaska Teepee Lodge west of Cody. The adage “a fed bear is a dead bear” reflects the reality that when bears are given human foods, they become problems for people. Problem bears often die.
Test Your Bear Identification Skills
True or False: Grizzly bears have short claws, long pointed ears and no hump between their shoulders. If you answered “true,” you might want to take the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Bear Identification Test. Even if you recognized the question as a description of a black bear and answered “false,” you’re still encouraged to take the voluntary exam.
2002 Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Completed
Researchers from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the State Veterinary Laboratory recently completed tests to monitor chronic wasting disease (CWD), a disease of some deer and elk. Researchers analyzed 2,550 samples – 1,755 deer and 795 elk -- during Wyoming’s 2002 hunting season, with 105 deer and five elk testing positive. Currently, CWD has been found in 23 of Wyoming’s 152 deer hunt areas.
Wyoming, Idaho And Montana Sign Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy
A critical step in achieving state management of the Yellowstone grizzly bear population was reached March 26 when officials from the wildlife agencies of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and federal land management agencies approved and signed the Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Area.
Enrollment for Walk-In Area Hunting and Hunter Management Areas Underway
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Private Lands Public Wildlife (PLPW) Access Program is currently signing up landowners for Walk-in Hunting and Hunter Management Areas. The deadline is April 30 for the fall 2003/spring 2004 hunting seasons.
National Elk Refuge Herd Count Up Slightly
National Elk Refuge, Game and Fish Department, Grand Teton National Park and Forest Service personnel conducted the annual elk classification count on the National Elk Refuge Feb. 25. A total of 6,992 elk were counted on feed at the refuge. This is slightly higher than last year’s count of 6,366 being fed.
Nonresident Deer/Antelope App Deadline Approaching
Nonresident hunters are alerted applications for deer and antelope licenses – including doe/fawn – must be received in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cheyenne office no later than 5 p.m. March 15.
Elk Vaccination Can Proceed On National Elk Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Finding of No Significant Impact” concerning vaccinating elk against brucellosis on the National Elk Refuge is welcome news to the Game and Fish Department, reports G&F Acting Director Tom Thorne.