Legislature to begin Jan. 13, 2009
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
December 27, 2008
The 60th session of the Wyoming Legislature is slated to begin Jan. 13, 2009 for its general session.
There are numerous bills that have been pre-filed by legislative committees and individual legislators. For a complete list of pre-filed bills, click on the link at the bottom of this page.
Here's a few items of interest:
Two wolf management bills have been pre-filed in the House. House Bill 21 would designate wolves as trophy game animals statewide and is sponsored by Representative Gingery of Jackson. HB 32 is sponsored by the legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee. It calls for Wyoming to ensure there are at least 15 breeding pairs of gray wolves in the state and to ensure genetic diversity and connectivity with adjoining populations.
Senate File 008 provides for the identification and destruction of feral livestock.
SF 013 would allow the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to regulate and control the collection of naturally shed antlers and horns of big game animals.
SF016 would declare the Sheridan's green hairstreak butterfly the state insect.
SF010 and SF031 would expand Wyoming's brucellosis program to include not only testing of cattle, but spaying of heifers. SF10 would have the program apply only within a designated surveillance area, while SF031 would apply statewide.
SF036 would prohibit the intentional feeding of elk. It reads: "No person shall intentionally attract or feed any elk by depositing, placing, distributing or scattering feed that results in commingling with livestock.
(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit:
(i) Any normal or accepted agricultural management practice;
(ii) Any elk feeding program authorized or conducted by the department;
(iii) Any legal form of taking elk as provided in W.S. 23-1-705(j) or baiting
elk as authorized by commission rule and regulation;
(iv) Any feeding of elk for the purpose of reducing the opportunity for contact with livestock when undertaken with prior notice to the department;
(v) Any feeding of elk outside the designated elk surveillance area.