Virtual cutty seminar tonight

Interested in the Greybull River drainage’s Yellowstone cutthroat trout? You’re in luck.

The Meeteetse Museums will host a virtual presentation in the “Wildlife Interactions” seminar series at 6 tonight.

Yellowstone cutthroat trout were the dominant fish species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem before Euro-American settlement of the area. The species is an important food source for grizzly bears, river otters, mink and several species of birds. Jason Burckhardt of Wyoming Game and Fish will give background on the species and talk about population levels and conservation efforts.

The presentation will take place on Zoom. It will also be livestreamed on the Meeteetse Museums’ Facebook page.

The museums’ website is being redone, and information posted there is not up to date. For information see the Meeteetse Museums Facebook page or email programs@meeteetsemuseums.org.

Cowboys picked to take 2nd

The Wyoming Cowboys football team was picked to finish second in the Mountain West Conference Mountain Division this week by conference media members.

The Cowboys received 90 points, including one first-place vote. It’s the second time in the past three seasons the Cowboys have been picked to finish second.

Boise State is the preseason pick of conference media members to win the Mountain Division. The Broncos received 20 of the 21 first-place votes, with the Cowboys receiving the other one. Air Force came in third, followed by Utah State in fourth, Colorado State in fifth and New Mexico in sixth.

In the West Division, San Diego State received 19 of 21 first-place votes to garner top honors. Nevada received the other two first-place votes to finish second. Hawaii came in third, with Fresno State in fourth, San Jose State in fifth and the University of Las Vegas in sixth.

The two preseason favorites, Boise State and San Diego State, along with Air Force and Utah State, are scheduled to visit Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium in the 2020 season.

The Cowboys return 12 starters and 49 lettermen from the 2019 team that posted an 8-5 record and finished the season with an impressive 38-17 win over Georgia State in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

More want hunt licenses

Wyoming’s big game hunting applications swelled in the 2020 draw, with more people seeking licenses for nearly every species and type.

Licenses are divided between residents and nonresidents. Residents get the bulk of licenses, 80% for deer and antelope and 84% for elk. Residents also can buy over-the-counter general licenses for deer and elk.

Hunters wishing to pursue pronghorn saw the greatest challenge. There was a 10.2% license quota reduction overall, meaning less licenses were allocated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission in April. Adding to the draw difficulty, buck license applications increased by 7.2% and doe/fawn by 11.3%. Hunters who typically pick up pronghorn licenses in the leftover draw saw nearly a 25.8% reduction.

The number of licenses available for deer and elk remained steady. Resident applications for buck deer rose by 10.6% and 20.41% for doe-fawn deer. Nonresident applications rose only 0.5% for bucks and 4.6% for doe/fawn.

For elk, residents submitted 8.3% more applications for bull licenses and 10.3% more for cow/calf. Nonresidents submitted about 9% less but applied for 1.7% more cow/calf licenses.

Any remaining elk, deer and pronghorn licenses are on sale on the Game and Fish website, WGFD.wyo.gov.

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