Dog Owners Asked To Monitor Their Pets

dog chasing deerArea residents are being asked by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to make a concerted effort to control their dogs around wintering wildlife. Game and Fish Spokesman Mark Gocke explains that as winter progresses, more and more big game animals move out of the locations where they spend much of the year and into lower lying areas to spend the cold weather months. Big game animals, especially deer and pronghorn often move considerable distance, Gocke says, and it is inevitable that this migration sometimes brings the animals into areas where people live and recreate. Gocke adds that the Game and Fish office in Jackson has received a number of reports of conflicts between dogs and deer and moose. In one case, a deer had to be euthanized due to its injuries from a dog, and in another instance a dog was injured by a cow moose. Gocke points out that under Wyoming law, dogs that are found chasing big game animals may be killed by wildlife officers and the pet owners may be cited.



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