A governor-appointed commission and a legislative committee that make decisions about wildlife in the Equality State are both convening this week.

Wolverine management, trapping regulations and chronic wasting disease are among issues that the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will address while meeting in Rawlins beginning Wednesday.

The three-day meeting starts off with a tour of three wildlife habitat management areas in the Rawlins region. The commission’s Thursday and Friday sessions will allow them to make decisions and receive information regarding the aforementioned issues, as well as about wolf hunting seasons and wildlife crossings the agency would like to fund.

Although commissioners are gathering in person, the meeting will also be conducted via Zoom. Find links to the video feed, the agenda and more information online at WGFD.wyo.gov/about-us/game-and-fish-commission.

Meanwhile, the Wyoming Legislature’s joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee will gather Thursday and Friday in Thermopolis.

The committee, which includes Teton County Rep. Mike Yin, will hear about three Wyoming Game and Fish Department issues: the warden housing program, domestic sheep conflicts, and the agency’s authority to allow hunting and fishing during public health emergencies.

The committee will also address concession contracts in Hot Springs State Park, as well as WyoLotto and a COVID-19 tourism sector relief bill.

The legislative committee’s proceedings begin at 8:30 a.m. both days. Watch from afar by accessing the livestream available on the Legislature’s website at Wyoleg.gov.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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