Worland Area News 11-30-18
Written by jordanmckamey on November 30, 2018
The Thermopolis Police Department will restart their deer management program again this year.
After taking a year off in 2017, the town of Thermopolis has decided to bring the program back to life. According to an article in the Northern Wyoming Daily News, the program was originally intended to mitigate wildlife collisions and property damage.
The town has received 30 licenses for off-duty police officers to harvest deer at the outskirts of Thermopolis in an attempt to keep the deer numbers down. And the article adds that officers have been trained by the Wyoming Department of Game & Fish in removing glands to send to the state to test for chronic wasting disease.
The police department attributes the large population of deer in part to residents throwing feed and birdseed in their yards, which attracts the deer.
The town pays for the licenses and meat processing, which is done by a local processor. The meat from the harvested deer is donated to needy families in the community.
The program is comparable to a program that’s seen a dramatic reduction in deer concerns in Cody in the last two years.
U.S. Highway 14A’s annual fall roadway closure between Lovell and Burgess Junction happened yesterday at noon.
Following heavy snow this past weekend and a month of winter, which led to drifting snow and poor visibility between Lovell and Burgess Junction, WYDOT made the decision to close the road on Monday, Nov. 26th, about a week ahead of the normal December 1st closure.
Jason Fleming, Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman in Lovell, declared it to be officially winter on the Bighorn Mountains, with heavy snow, winter weather and slick roads presenting safety concerns for snow plow drivers and travelers.
A handful of elk hunters are still using highway 14A, according to WYDOT, as elk season doesn’t close until Friday, Nov. 30. The closure will limit hunters’ ability to access the mountain in vehicles.
The annual fall closure of the highway west of Burgess Junction is in effect at milepost 76 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn Mountains, through just east of milepost 98. It usually opens by Memorial Day weekend.
If you’re an artist with a passion for wildlife, Wyoming Game and Fish wants you to submit your best original Colorado River Cutthroat Trout depiction to the 2020 Conservation Stamp Art show. The rulebook is online now, and you can begin sending your pieces Jan. 2, 2019 to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Headquarters. With the art, you must submit an entry form and a $30 non-refundable fee. The winning piece will be featured on the 2020 Conservation Stamp and receive a $3,500 payment; the artwork will also become property of Game and Fish. More prizes are available for second through fifth place.
Artwork can be multi-colored or black and white. It must consist of a two-dimensional design, meaning it must be some form of ink, pencil or paint. Each piece of art will be carefully evaluated by Game and Fish biologists for anatomical accuracy of the Colorado River Cutthroat Trout and ecological correctness of any habitat.