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Gabe Koerber attaches an identification tag to his elk head before leaving it inside a drop box last December on the National Elk Refuge. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s revised management plan for CWD will be posted online for review from Dec. 2 to Jan. 15.

CWD meetings set

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has scheduled a series of meetings around the state to present its revised chronic wasting disease management plan.

The revised plan includes input from the Game and Fish appointed-CWD Working Group and the public. It’s not yet available, but will be posted online from Dec. 2 to Jan. 15 for public review.

Meetings are scheduled for Monday in Pinedale, Tuesday in Worland, Dec. 10 in Laramie, Dec. 11 in Casper and Dec. 12 in Sheridan. The Laramie meeting will be recorded and posted online for those unable to attend a meeting in-person to see a presentation of the plan.

Comments can be submitted online through the CWD Feedback portal online at WGFD.Wyo.gov/get-involved/cwd-working-group.

The final plan will be released in February and presented to the Game and Fish Commission for review and approval in the spring of 2020.

Y’stone Wi-Fi is planned

Yellowstone National Park has unveiled a plan for Wi-Fi in the park’s developed areas.

Wireless network company AccessParks has proposed upgrading internet infrastructure in park buildings managed by Xanterra Travel Collection, the private company that operates several of Yellowstone’s historic hotels. Park documents show AccessParks proposing a “large-scale wireless communication system” to cover Canyon Village, Grant Village, Lake, Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs.

It calls for five microwave antenna locations, 12 wireless backhaul antennas and as many as 480 transceivers that are 11 inches wide or smaller placed on the buildings receiving service. Such upgrades to historic buildings require public comment. Yellowstone officials are also seeking comments on what the upgrades would mean for buildings managed by the park itself and other concession companies, even though AccessParks has not yet proposed them. The proposal doesn’t call for new towers or providing internet service to backcountry areas.

Comments must be received by Friday. Submit them and find related documents at ParkPlanning.NPS.gov/ap.

Habitat grants offered

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is seeking proposals for projects that enhance and improve the quality of state-identified priority big-game winter range, stopover areas and migration corridors on federal and private land.

Some $3.25 million is set aside for the effort. Projects in Wyoming and 10 other Western states qualify.

A detailed RFP is available online at TinyURL.com/habitatimprovement.

Proposals are due by Monday. Email Seth with questions at seth.gallagher@nfwf.org.

Bear, shed rules eyed

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has opened a comment period to gather input on draft changes its black bear hunting regulations and the rules about gathering shed antlers.

The draft rule changes are posted online at WGFD.wyo.gov/regulations.

A public meeting in Jackson has already passed, but gatherings are set or Dec. 6 in Pinedale, Dec. 11 in Dubois and Dec. 12 in Lander.

Comments should be submitted by Dec. 16. Send them in online at the website above.

Horse roundups planned

The Bureau of Land Management’s Rock Springs and Rawlins field offices are giving the public 30 days to weigh in on a multiyear wild horse roundup planned for the Adobe Town, Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, Little Colorado and White Mountain herd management areas.

Recent aerial surveys show that wild horse populations now exceed management thresholds for all those areas.

The BLM is considering removing the excess wild horses from these area in the summer or fall of 2020. There are also plans to use fertility control to slow the rate of reproduction in these herds.

A detailed scoping notice outlining the proposal is available online at Go.USA.gov/xpaEN. Email comments by Dec. 20 to blm_wy_rsfo_wildhorse_hmas@blm.gov.

— Mike Koshmrl,

Rebecca Huntington

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 for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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