Volume 4, Number 15 - July 8, 2004
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Seen any wolves?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks anyone who sees wolves in Sublette County give them a call so the agency can attempt to capture and place radio collars on the animals. The whereabouts of the Daniel pack still isn't known, so if you spot any wolves, give FWS a call at 307-332-7789.
Last week a federal judge dismissed the charges against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf biologist Mike Jimenez and private contractor Wes Livingston. The trespassing and littering charges against the men came as the result of the two being found with four tranquilized wolves on a private ranch near Meeteetsee without having the permission of the landowner. FWS's regional director issued an apology to the landowner for the incident.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will meet in Pinedale next week. The commission will be given a tour on Wednesday of areas of interest, but will get down to work on Thursday, July 15 at the Pinedale Entertainment Center.
Thursday's public session will begin at 10 a.m. The commission has a full agenda, but items of local interest include: at 10:40 the commission will hear from Joe Bohne about the sage grouse conservation assessment, to be followed at 11:25 with a presentation about grizzly bear occupancy.
At 1:20 the commission will hear an update on chronic wasting disease, followed by a presentation about the department's plans to prepare for future wolf management. At 2:10 will be a presentation about a Sublette County mule deer/natural gas development research project, followed by a presentation concerning active habitats as an alternative to elk feedgrounds.
Friday's session will begin at 9:30 a.m. Of local interest is the 11:10 item on minimum programmatic standards recommended by the department to sustain important wildlife habitats affected by oil and gas development. Friday's session is expected to adjourn at noon.
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