A Wyoming state attorney told a judge that an arbitration panel exceeded its authority when it awarded Josh Longwell compensation for missing cattle.
In the Owl Creek drainage near Thermopolis, where a rancher and the Game and Fish Department have clashed over wildlife, officials hope an early hunt will protect a wild herd from disease-bearing livestock.
An arbitration panel exceeded its authority when deciding how much to pay a Hot Springs County rancher for stock lost to predatory game animals, Game and Fish Department contends.
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.
Game and Fish, BLM, wildlife conservationists and a rancher are locked in battle over bighorn sheep, grazing permits and cattle-killing grizzlies.