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Section 23 Wildlife Classification
TITLE 23; Game and Fish
CHAPTER 1; Administration
Article 1
GENERAL PROVISIONS
23~1~101. Definitions of wildlife.
(a) As used in this act:

(i) "Big game animal" means antelope, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, moose or mountain goat;

(ii) "Exotic species" means any wild animals, including amphibians, reptiles, mollusks, crustaceans or birds not found in a wild, free or unconfined status in Wyoming;

(iii) "Furbearing animal" means badger, beaver, bobcat, marten, mink, muskrat or weasel;

(iv) "Game bird" means grouse, partridge, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, wild turkey and migratory game birds;

(v) "Game fish" means bass, catfish, crappie, grayling, ling, northern pike, perch, salmon, sauger,sunfish, trout, walleye or whitefish;

(vi) "Migratory game bird" means all migratory game birds defined and protected under federal law;

(vii) "Predacious bird" means English sparrow and starling;

(viii) "Predatory animal" means: (A) Coyote, jackrabbit, porcupine, raccoon, red fox, skunk or stray cat;

(ix) "Protected animal" means black-footed ferret, fisher, lynx, otter, pika or wolverine;

(x) "Protected bird" means migratory birds as defined and protected under federal law;

(xi) "Small game animal" means cottontail rabbit or snowshoe hare, and fox squirrel, grey squirrel and red squirrel;

(xii) "Trophy game animal" means: (A) Black bear, grizzly bear or mountain lion;

(xiii) "Wildlife" means all wild mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and mollusks,and wild bison designated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and the Wyoming Livestock Board within Wyoming.

"Gray Wolves" - Federal law super cedes state law, increasing the complexity of the gray wolf classification process. Until rulings, by federal and state agencies, are finalized, gray wolves will be considered an endangered species in Wyoming; thus, protected under federal law.

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