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Mark Davis

Public comments stir up heated discussion

Sparks flew last week as a Park County committee considered dozens of public comments on a draft proposal for the future management of a portion of the McCullough Peaks.

While some see the legislation as unwelcome interference, others welcome move to expedite process

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has introduced a bill that seeks to protect the rights of mechanized recreation in a few Wilderness Study Areas — including one in Park County. The proposal has drawn some criticism, in part because Cheney did not consult or notify local leaders before introducing the bill, which would impact the High Lakes Wilderness Study Area inside the Shoshone National Forest.

While Wyoming Game and Fish Commission rules allow for five private game bird farms to attempt captive rearing of the greater sage grouse, only one has applied to the commission for certification.

As powdery snow fell on the groomed slopes at Sleeping Giant Ski Area, the parking lot began to fill. It was a late Christmas gift for the nonprofit.

Despite the sting of graupel on exposed cheeks, a dedicated flock of birders, toting binoculars, spotting scopes and dressed in layers, hit all corners of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Saturday for the 2017 Kane Christmas Bird Count.

The fire crackled as it took hold in the ring at the Five Springs Campground. An occasional breeze caused the gathering snow in the large pines above to fall on the flames, but they blazed on.

The quota of gray wolves in the four hunt areas in the Cody region was filled on Sunday, ending the region’s first hunt since Wyoming won the right to manage wolf packs in the state earlier this year.

Wolves are the easiest species to manage, according to the state’s top large carnivore biologist. The hardest and most time-consuming species? Humans.

Monday before sunrise, Wyoming Game and Fish biologist Leslie Schreiber was stationed at a small campground 5 miles off the highway on a dusty dirt road east of Lovell. A stiff breeze made the low temperatures uncomfortable, stinging Schreiber’s cheeks and fingers, but she was pleased with the cold weather.

Many area residents turn out to voice opinions; most support hunts

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wanted to have a conversation about grizzlies. Park County residents answered the call in a big way: About 200 showed up to talk.

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