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Pole Mountain beaver pond volunteer fish stocking cancelled due to COVID-19


CASPER, Wyo. — An annual volunteer fish stocking event which aims to stock beaver ponds on Pole Mountain has been cancelled due to COVID-19 group size restrictions, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

“Each year on Free Fishing Day, volunteers help the Game and Fish Department stock trout in approximately 100 beaver ponds on Pole Mountain,” Game and Fish said on Wednesday, May 27. “The event is popular with the public, often attracting more than 100 volunteers on most years.”

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office announced on Wednesday new public health orders set to go into effect June 1 which will allow outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people.

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Game and Fish says that while some events surrounding the annual Free Fishing Day may not occur, Free Fishing Day will still be recognized on June 6.

While the Pole Mountain volunteer event will not be held, Game and Fish will still stock the ponds.

“Fish biologists will still stock 20,000 fingerling brook trout in the ponds in early June. All the help from volunteers in past years is much appreciated and we hope to return to normal and see you all again next year,” said Robin Kepple, information specialist for the Game and Fish Department’s Laramie Region.

Pole Mountain is located north of I-25 between Cheyenne and Laramie in Albany County.

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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.