Although Saturday is free fishing day, it behooves potential anglers to bone-up on Wyoming fishing regulations before wetting a fly or drowning a worm.
In conjunction with National Recreational Fishing and Boating Week, free fishing days are designed to educate folks about fish habits and the means to catch fish, said the Wyoming Game and Fish Department 2012-13 fishing regulations.
Gloom and doom is not in the immediate forecast for local irrigators, even though the mountain snow pack is nearly depleted.
As of Monday, the snow water equivalent in the Shoshone River basin was at 60 percent of the 30-year average, compared to 145 percent on the same date last year. The Big Horn River basin is worse — 57 percent, compared to 224 percent May 21, 2011. The good news is the Big Horn Basin is faring better than most of Wyoming, with the exceptions of the Madison and Yellowstone river basins at 78 and 73 percent respectively. The Upper Bear River basin was melted out, and the statewide SWE average stood at 22 percent.
The Cody Elk Group has completed its work. The group’s recommendations will be presented to the Cody Game and Fish office in the near future, then to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. Although there are nearly 2,000 more elk in the Cody Elk herd than the population objective set by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, calf birth and survival rates are low in some areas.
Lousy luck is as good a reason as any to explain a barn fire that killed some stock and two dogs Thursday night in Clark. A pony, a ewe, two lambs and two dogs succumbed to the blaze off Road 1AB on Line Creek, near the Shoshone National Forest boundary.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department posted a draft addendum to the Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan, mostly in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s peer review panel summary report proposing delisting the wolf.
The addendum clarifies how Wyoming will maintain a sustainable wolf population, said Mark Bruscino, statewide supervisor of the large carnivore management section.
Gov. Matt Mead signed Wyoming’s wolf management bill Wednesday, following nearly unanimous support of the bill by both houses of the Wyoming Legislature.
Senate File 41 sticks closely to the agreement Mead hammered out with the federal government last fall. It would allow predator zones in much of the state and a trophy game area in a portion of northwest Wyoming, where a license would be required to hunt the canines.
An investigation into the second of two fatal grizzly bear attacks last summer at Yellowstone National Park was unable to conclude if the same bear was responsible for both deaths, a report released Monday said.
Brian Matayoshi, 57, was killed July 6. His death was witnessed by his wife, Marylyn Matayoshi.