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Wolf Management in Wyoming: Upcoming Public Meetings
Wyoming Game and Fish needs to hear from you!
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This week and next, Wyoming is presenting its new wolf-management plan around the state.

Please consider attending one of the eight scheduled meetings to tell Wyoming officials that its new plan falls short in protecting wolves.


Image courtesy of Cindy Goeddel
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Tues., Aug. 23
CASPER
Casper WGFD Office
 7– 9 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 23
PINEDALE
Sublette County Library
7– 9 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 24
JACKSON
Jackson Center for the Arts
7– 9 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 24
SHERIDAN
Sheridan College
7– 9 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 25
CODY
Holiday Inn
7– 9 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 25
ROCK SPRINGS
WWCC
7– 9 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 29
CHEYENNE
WYDOT Auditorium
7– 9 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 31
LANDER
Lander WGFD Office
7– 9 p.m.
 
Though these meetings won't change Wyoming's insistence on classifying wolves as predators in 88 percent of the state, we will have a chance to make substantive improvements to the plan.

If you attend one of these meetings, please consider asking state officials to:
  • Set management objectives above the minimum 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park.
  • Look for new ways to manage elk when wolves are present at winter feedgrounds, including fencing.
  • Have Wyoming Game & Fish be in charge of wolf management throughout the entire state, year-round.
  • Clarify exactly what the "unacceptable impacts" of wolves on elk and other ungulates are; there is a need for reliable knowledge and management that can withstand scientific scrutiny.
Wyoming has improved its plan by:
  • Making mandatory the reporting of wolves killed throughout the entire state, including in the so-called predator zone.
  • Improving lethal-take laws for livestock depredation (and should do the same for wolf impacts on ungulates).
  • Moving away from "aggressive management techniques" on private lands or in depredation situations.
  • Committing considerable resources to genetics monitoring — welcome news, though it will be less of a concern if the agency manages for healthy, viable populations.

Look for more details and opportunity for public comments from GYC in coming weeks.  For more on this issue, including the full management plan as it's written, click here.

P.O. Box 1874 • 13 S. Willson, Suite 2
Bozeman, MT 59771 • (406) 586-1593 • (800) 775-1834
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