Hunting & Fishing License Cost May Rise
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost of a Wyoming hunting and fishing license could go up by at least 21% next year if the Game and Fish Department gets its way.
Officials say the increases are needed to make up for a revenue shortfall of $8-10 million a year. Game and Fish department spokesman Eric Kezler blames inflation and increasing wildlife management responsibilities for the deficit.
The last time fees went up was in 2008.
A legislative committee will meet next week to decide whether to formally propose the plan in the upcoming session.
Meanwhile, Wyoming's wolf hunt is nearly half way to meeting its quota of 52-animals.
Officials say 27 wolves have been taken since the season began on October 1st. The season is scheduled to last as long as December 31st, but will end if the quota is reached before then.
The wolf hunt is part of Wyoming's management plan of animals. The state took over management when the wolves were officially removed from the endangered species list at the end of August.
Wildlife biologists estimate that about 320 wolves live in Wyoming.