Game and Fish effort would make parts of five watersheds exclusive strongholds after poisoning non-native brook, rainbow species in the Bighorn Basin.
The state will ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population.
The regulation covers deer killed from the Sweetwater Herd in areas 96 and 97 southeast of Lander.
Game and Fish Department says numbers dropped 13% from 2020 due to low chick survival, drought, habitat fragmentation and cycles that are “not understood.”
Conflict over herbicides, aerial spraying, sagebrush and larkspur removal pits conservationists against stock grazers and federal land managers.