The Game and Fish commission rejects appeals by two stockmen who sought $388,696 more than what agency managers said laws and regulations allow.
Decision will trim the award by an arbitration panel to Thermopolis area rancher Josh Longwell by $205,483.
Up near the Continental Divide, cowboys call Zach Turnbull when they find dead stock. It’s his job, through all the guts and gore, to determine if an animal was killed by wildlife and is thus eligible for damage compensation from the state.
In years-long battle over grizzlies, lions and property rights, verdict awards 80% of rancher’s $422,971 claim, far above the $89,498 Game and Fish regulations allowed for stock losses to carnivores.
The state robbed Andrew Johnson of 24 years of his life. Now it should pay for such mistakes.