Graphic video — viewer discretion advised. Wyoming statute allows for the killing of wolves and coyotes “with, from, or by use of any aircraft, automotive vehicle, trailer, 35 motor-propelled wheeled vehicle or vehicle designed for travel over snow," in areas of the state where the animals are classified as predators. Freshman Rep. Mike Yin (D-Jackson) has introduced a bill that would ban the use of snowmachines to kill any wildlife.

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Lisa Robertson

Rep Mike Yin is a hero for wildlife, and to me. He reacted to constituents' pleas for help by taking a leap of faith. In Wyoming, he walks on water!

This initiative to raise awareness of this legal immoral sport in Wyoming originated in Teton County. Rep Mike Yin, already a respected representative of Wyoming values, at the last hour in the bill-draft process deadline, drafted the language for the bill HB0288, which would end the brutal 'Yote Whackin' in this state. It was turned down for a legislative committee review, but each of the 90 legislators received a letter and footage of this complete lack of fair chase, the lowest of the low.

The perpetrators of these immoral acts are known by their communities and have shut down their social media, for now. Hunters, houndsmen and individuals responded by calling and emailing their legislators, Governor Gordon, WGF Commission, and WGFD. A circulating petition to end this brutal sport in Wyoming has reached 250K signatures with thousands of comments.

This is just the beginning of a new wildlife management narrative which will address fair chase values in our state, and determine new boundaries to prevent disgusting abusive treatment to ANY wild Wyoming animal, large and small.

Thank you to all those amazing individuals who took the time to compose letters to their legislators and state leaders, and to those who picked up the phone to various contacts and shared their voice.

Thanks to Representative Mike Yin for his gutsy leadership at the last hour to do the right thing no matter the costs, and to Senator Mike Gireau for his co-sponsorship. Wildlife and domestic animals have only a few legislative voices in our state, but I hope that each of us will take-action to strengthen this shift to actually follow our own state wildlife management mission to "protect and preserve" our wildlife. Action speaks louder than words, and the courage of our convictions is doing just that!

HB0288 will bounce back in the year ahead. Stand by!

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