WGFD Regional News
Cody Regional Office
2820 State Highway 120, Cody, WY 82414
ph: (307) 527-7125, fax: (307) 587-5430
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Cody waters warming - anglers urged to use caution when catch-and-release fishing
CODY - Catch and release has been a popular fishing practice for many years – and is especially popular among those who enjoy fly fishing for trout. As the summer fishing season progresses, streams and lakes naturally start warming, which increases the importance of following fish-handling steps to help improve survival of fish that are to be released. At this time of year, waters are lower and warmer than they were a month ago. The resulting higher water temperatures can place extra stress on fish.
Watercraft inspection training offered March 24
CODY - Would you like to become certified to inspect your own watercraft for aquatic invasive species (AIS) or to provide a service to your customers? If so, you’re in luck! The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering a watercraft inspection training course for members of the public March 24 in Cody.
Thermopolis man found guilty of wasting elk
CODY - In Park County Circuit Court October 24, Douglas Edwards, 43, of Thermopolis was found guilty by a six member jury for failure to tag a big game animal, waste of edible portions of meat and interference with lawful duties of a peace officer. Edwards received a 60 day suspended jail sentence and six months probation, was fined $1450 and will lose his hunting privileges for the next two years.
Volunteers Assist with Buffaloberry Project on Yellowtail
CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and volunteers from WBI Energy, Elk Basin Plant recently harvested buffaloberry fruit as part of ongoing habitat restoration efforts on Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area. The harvested fruits will be used to grow seedlings that will be replanted in the area.
Bighorn High Country Lakes to be Stocked with Fish
CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, will tentatively conduct a helicopter fish stocking operation August 5, 2014 to stock fish in and around the Cloud Peak Wilderness of the Bighorn National Forest, weather permitting.
Youth Invited to Outdoor Day
CODY - Youth from across the Bighorn Basin are invited to participate in the upcoming Paintrock Hunter Mentor Outdoor Day- an exciting and fun filled day of outdoor activities August 23 at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville.
Wildlife Investigation Results in Conviction of Two Cody Men
CODY - Andrew Dean Rogers of Cody and Ira Emanuel Fellows of Cody were recently convicted on wildlife charges in separate but related cases. In Park County Circuit Court last month, Rogers pleaded guilty to taking a buck mule deer without a proper license and Fellows was found guilty by a jury on April 18, 2014 for taking a buck mule deer during a closed season and without a proper license. Rogers was ordered to pay $4,540 in fines and restitution and will lose his hunting privileges for three years. Fellows was sentenced by Park County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters to pay $8040 in fines and will lose his hunting privileges for five years.
Game and Fish Reviews Herd Unit Objectives
CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information meetings throughout the Bighorn Basin to discuss herd management objectives for the Absaroka moose herd and the Basin, Clarks Fork, North Bighorn, Southwest Bighorn, Meeteetse/Owl Creek, and Upper Shoshone River mule deer herds.
Watercraft Inspection Training Offered in Cody
CODY - Would you like to become certified to inspect your own watercraft for aquatic invasive species or to provide a service to your customers? If so, you’re in luck! The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering a watercraft inspection training course for members of the public April 15 in Cody.
Elk Hunters Assisting with Brucellosis Surveillance
CODY - Elk hunters are helping with a brucellosis surveillance effort in the Bighorn Mountains by collecting blood samples from elk immediately after harvest. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department mailed blood sample kits to some elk hunters holding limited-quota licenses for hunt areas in the Bighorn Mountains. Hunters that did not receive a kit or will be hunting in a general area can obtain a blood sample collection kit at the Sheridan or Cody regional offices.
Revised Sage Grouse Plan Up for Review
CODY - The Big Horn Basin Sage-Grouse Working Group will hold a public meeting in Cody from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Big Horn Federal Bank (1701 Stampede Ave) to solicit comments for their Sage-GrouseConservation Plan five-year addendum.
Hemorrhagic Disease Suspected in Deer Die-Off in Bighorn Basin
CODY - Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists suspect hemorrhagic disease – either epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or bluetongue – has killed a number of white-tailed deer in the eastern Bighorn Basin since mid-July. Due to the difficulty in locating carcasses and the broad area affected, the exact number of deer potentially affected by the diseases cannot be determined.
High Country Lakes to be Stocked with Fish
CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, will tentatively conduct a helicopter fish stocking operation August 13 in the Absaroka Front and Beartooth Plateau areas of the Shoshone National Forest and other non-wilderness lands within the forest boundary.
Youth Invited to Outdoor Day
CODY - Youth from across the Bighorn Basin are invited to participate in the upcoming Paintrock Hunter Mentor Outdoor Day-an exciting and fun filled day of outdoor activities on August 17 at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site in Hyattville.
Game and Fish Reviews Herd Unit Objectives
CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information meetings in the Cody area to discuss herd management objectives for the Clarks Fork and Medicine Lodge elk herds, Copper Mountain and Fifteen Mile antelope herds, Paintrock deer herd and Clarks Fork, Trout Peak, Wapiti Ridge, Younts Peak, and Francs Peak bighorn sheep herds within the Cody region.
Yellowtail Fire Affects Wildlife Habitat
CODY - A recent wildfire on Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area northeast of Lovell thatburned approximately four miles of cottonwood riparian habitat and wetlands along the Shoshone River will affect wildlife habitat and future hunting opportunity.
Antlerless Elk Hunters Wanted
CODY - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking hunters with area 61, 62, and 63 elk licenses to participate in the second year of the Cody region Hunter Management and Access program near Meeteetse.
Staying Safe in Bear Country
CODY - Hunting in grizzly bear country can present some unique and challenging experiences. Hunters should realize they may be predisposed to sudden encounters and conflicts with bears and that proper preparation and metal preparedness is the key to reducing risk.
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