Game and Fish Incorporates Public Input for CWD Plan
Written by wendycorr on June 25, 2019
For hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife conservation is a major concern.
That’s why the well-being of mule deer and other ungulates is monitored closely by the Game and Fish Department. The Department recently held a series of public meetings to gather input on the state’s Chronic Wasting Disease management plan.
The meetings, held in Laramie, Casper, Sheridan, Worland and Pinedale, drew 147 people who engaged in dialogue with Game and Fish personnel on their concerns and how to best address them.
Janet Milek, Game and Fish public information specialist in Casper, says input from the meetings will help the Department mold future communications, further understanding of the disease, and learn what types of management might be supported by the public.
The working group is set to meet monthly in July, August and September to learn more about CWD and develop outcomes for the plan that are both rooted in science and the public’s input. A draft of the plan will be available for public review and comment in December with another round of five public meetings in Casper, Laramie, Sheridan, Worland and Pinedale.
After input is integrated by the group in February, the revised draft CWD management plan will be presented to the Game and Fish Commission for their review and approval in March 2020.