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Wyoming Game & Fish Commission Meeting Gillette

September 12, 2023 @ 8:00 am - September 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Commission Meeting September 12-13, 2023 Gillette, WY

The public comment period for Chapters 2, 28, and 42 (cougars)  closes at 5:00 PM on August 4, 2023. https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Get-Involved/Public-Meetings

Commission meeting at CAM-PLEX (Frontier Hall in Wyoming Center), 1635 Reata Drive, Gillette.  Open session on Tuesday begins at about 1:30 pm and at 8 am on Wednesday. You can testify remotely by Zoom, if you request such  by 5 days in advance (Friday Sept 8th).

An hour has been designated for the presentation about the off-schedule mountain lion season proposals in Wyoming on Wednesday September 13th in Gillette WY. The agenda sets the time as 10:35 -11:35 am, but of course this can change. If you scroll down there is a sign up form on the 5th page, fill out to testify via ZOOM  (you do so during the time allocated for mountain lions).

We are advised that showing up in person is important.  Driving to Gillette from western SD can be a two or three hour drive.  A carpool may be organized. Contact Nancy if interested 605-787-6466, phas.wsd@rapidnet.com. We may focus on complaining about management of lions in the Wyoming part of the Black Hills and adjacent plains.

Other public meetings on rule changes were held in June & July, in Wyoming, by Department on rule changes proposed by WG&F Depart.  …the closest to Black Hills was likely in Sheridan or Casper – https://wgfd.wyo.gov/WGFD/media/content/PDF/Get%20Involved/2023%20September%20Regulations/Public-Meeting-Dates-Sept-2023-Regs.pdf

Go to our August 4th  alert for more details  on issues and for our talking points on this  rule-making proposal.  (8/4/23 was the written comment deadline – this is where the bulk of discussion of this issue occurs). https://phas-wsd.org/event/comments-due-increase-cougar-harvest-limits-western-wyoming/

The rule changes if passed, would be increasing harvest limits by 50% on western edge of Wyoming (south of Jackson), in 4 of Wyoming’s 32 hunting units. Units 14, 17, 26 & 29 would see the 50% changes.

It would  also allow for pursuit of cougars by hounds (without permission to kill the lion) after harvest limits are reached, until season’s time limit ends.  Some units allow lion hunting year round.    Details can be found at https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Get-Involved/Public-Meetings

Draft regulations:



September 12, 2023 @ 8:00 am
September 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm