Worland, Wy – A Worland man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $10,200 for various hunting violations.In addition, Keith Searle lost his hunting privileges, must forfeit all deer antlers in his possession and must pay $8,000 in restitution. He also was placed on four years of supervised probation and may not possess any hunting gear. The charges against Searle included taking an animal without a license, accessory to taking a deer without a license and purchasing a license while under suspension.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has begun collecting a higher processing fee each time that oil and gas companies apply for permits to drill.
The $6,500 fee is part of the Interior Department appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 30. The new fee is a 62 percent increase from the previous fee of $4,000.
Buffalo, Wyo. – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says chronic wasting disease has turned up in two northern Wyoming hunt areas for the first time.
The department lab in Laramie confirmed this week that a bull elk killed Oct. 21 in hunt area 35, southwest of Buffalo, tested positive for the neurological disease. Also, the department says a mule deer buck killed Oct. 15 in the Spring Creek drainage southeast of Ten Sleep also tested positive.
The disease has now been detected in nine hunting areas in the Big Horn Basin.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Treasurer Joe Meyer is in good condition after undergoing surgery to remove a malignant tumor from one of his lungs. Hospital spokeswoman Kathryn Baker says the surgery went well and Meyer is expected to remain in the hospital for several days. A determination about additional treatment has not been made. Meyer's wife, Mary, expressed gratitude for the cards, e-mails and phone calls from people around the state. The cancer was discovered recently when the 68-year-old Meyer sought medical treatment for chest pain.