Eighty environmental groups have asked U.S. House and Senate leaders to stop adopting budget riders that prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from writing or issuing Endangered Species Act protections for greater sage grouse.
State’s greater sage grouse team hears criticism that research doesn’t support hunting the imperiled bird, but Game and Fish disagrees.
Last year’s data requires justification of hunting, grouse team-member says. Others contend the dwindling population can support a regulated season.
Commission approves seasons, larger hunt with wapiti populations 29% above objective. Re-assessment of CWD-infected Jackson Elk Herd size is postponed.
Supporters say feedground decisions impact cattle and the bill will ensure those interests are considered. Critics contend the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is once again being shackled by politics.