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Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce to talk fishing pressures, use fees on state lands and more at Casper meeting


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce will be discussing a range of issues at its meeting in Casper on Thursday, including commercial fishing, the overcrowding of Wyoming streams and the potential for a use fee on state lands to generate money.

The taskforce’s meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1150 N. Poplar St. in Casper. The agenda for the meeting notes that the taskforce will discuss the following topics:

  • The development of objectives to accomplish prior to the discontinuation of the taskforce
  • A discussion of a letter from Wyoming Sen. Larry Hicks discussing a use fee on state lands as a possible revenue source
  • An update from the taskforce’s landowner license subcommittee
  • A presentation on commercial fishing and overcrowding of Wyoming streams
  • A presentation on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s “Access Yes” program
  • An updated “Great Compromise” package presentation
  • Updates on Game and Fish’s proposed regulations relating to depredation season and damage compensation
  • A presentation discussing different models for hunting license draws
  • A presentation on Pittman-Robertson funding
  • A presentation regarding set aside licenses

The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce’s objective is to study priority wildlife policy issues Wyoming is facing related to allocation of hunting opportunities, sportsperson access and other issues, according to Game and Fish. The topics the group has been discussing will eventually result in conclusions and recommendations that will be presented to the Wyoming Legislature, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and the governor.

The public is able to attend the taskforce’s meetings in person or online via Zoom.

“The meeting agenda is posted on the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce website at wyomingwildlifetaskforce.com,” Game and Fish said. “The agenda includes registration details for virtual participation. Meetings will be available for viewing online within a week on the website. Subcommittee breakout group work will not be livestreamed or recorded.”