CWD meetings will provide crucial feedback for new working group

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — Wyoming Game and Fish will unveil its newly-appointed 32-member CWD working group and get straight to work on providing and gathering crucial information on chronic wasting disease via scheduled public meetings throughout the state this spring.

These meetings are part of the Game and Fish chronic wasting disease (CWD) collaborative process facilitated by the Ruckelshaus Institute, Haub School of Environmental and Natural Resources with the University of Wyoming to develop a revised CWD management plan. Meetings are planned for Laramie, Casper, Sheridan, Worland and Pinedale.

“CWD is widely distributed across Wyoming and is fatal to deer, elk and moose. Providing information and hearing from the public is important as Game and Fish works to address CWD in Wyoming, and we hope people will come to these meetings to learn about CWD and have conversations with us,” said Scott Edberg, Game and Fish deputy chief of wildlife. “It is essential to learn what people in Wyoming know and think as we work through this collaborative process.”

Each meeting will begin with Game and Fish sharing foundational information about CWD before dividing into smaller groups with the public to discuss ideas on the management plan. Following the meetings, the Ruckelshaus Institute will compile the information gathered from across the state and present it to the 32 members of the newly-appointed Game and Fish CWD working group. The group will consider this information as well as other information developed from within the working group as they work to develop a revised CWD management plan.

“The work in these meetings will be informative to all parties involved,” said Jessica Western, director of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources for the Ruckelshaus Institute. “Game and Fish and the public will learn from each other and, at the end of this process, have a solid CWD management plan that is rooted in science and the needs of Wyoming’s public. I look forward to facilitating these meetings and the working group.”

For those unable to attend in person, a meeting will be recorded and available to view on the Game and Fish website, as well as an opportunity to submit online comments for consideration in the revision of the CWD management plan.

The meetings will be held from 6-9pm at the following locations:

CityDateLocation 
LaramieMay 28Laramie Game and Fish Regional Office, 1212 S. Adams St.
CasperMay 29Casper Game and Fish Regional Office, Pronghorn Room,
3030 Energy Lane
SheridanMay 30Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, Inner Circle Room,
335 W. Alger St.
WorlandJune 3Worland Community Center Complex,
1200 Culbertson Ave.
PinedaleJune 4Sublette County Library, The Pinedale Library, Lovatt Community Room,
155 S. Tyler Ave.

 

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