Game and Fish Reports Successful Eclipse Experience
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 24, 2017
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department stayed busy during the historic solar eclipse on August 21, but reported low incidences of violations, no human-large carnivore conflicts, and no damage to Game and Fish properties.
Game and Fish reports that they had over 200 personnel working statewide to keep the thousands of eclipse viewers safe on state waterways, back country areas and to provide information on Commission owned or managed lands.
Mike Choma, Game and Fish law enforcement supervisor, says they encountered very few violations during the eclipse. One boating while under the influence arrest was reported, and three moose and one deer were hit and killed by vehicle collisions. He says some of these accidents did include serious injuries to people who received medical care.
However, Choma says that from a public safety standpoint, these incidents were average or even below average for this time of year.
A 65-year-old Colorado man is the only fatality in Wyoming attributed to the unprecedented traffic associated with Monday’s eclipse. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Palmer Kauffman died when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle about 12:30 p.m. Monday north of Medicine Bow.