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Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists together with volunteers released 35 black-footed ferrets outside Meeteetse, Wyoming this week. The milestone event comes after years of captive breeding as part of an effort to restore the species throughout North America. (Photo courtesy Wyoming Game and Fish)

Back to the burrow

The prairie dog’s natural predator, the black-footed ferret, nearly disappeared from Wyoming’s high plains due to disease and rodent control.
A mountain lion cub rests in its mothers arms in their den one winter morning on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyo. (Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen. Courtesy Thomas D. Mangelsen and  www.cougarfund.org)

Safe, for now

House Bill 12, filed by Rep. Jim Allen (R–Fremont County) would require the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to allow trapping and snaring of mountain lions, effectively supplanting the authority of Wyoming's professional wildlife managers and independent Game and Fish Commission who do not currently allow lion trapping.