Elk feed ground law signed

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Governor Mark Gordon yesterday took action on 32 bills, including the Elk feed ground closings-requirements legislation. The change approved for the elk feed ground law effectively strips the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission of the authority to close any of Wyoming’s 22 winter elk feed grounds, giving that power to the governor, and now also requires the state livestock board to convene when necessary, for the purpose of considering the recommended closure of any elk feed ground.

The governor also is afforded the power to close an elk feed ground for “emergency circumstances” such as its proximity to wildlife infected with such serious and readily transmissible diseases as chronic wasting disease.