By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – The US Fish and Wildlife Service has asked Wyoming to conduct a bison hunt on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson. But Governor Dave Freudenthal says that won't happen without help. According to a letter the governor wrote to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, the number of bison on the national elk refuge in Jackson increases by 20 percent each year. A hunt is scheduled to start as early as august 25th to contain the animals, but Freudenthal says the state will not go forward without clearance from the department of justice. In 1998, a federal district judge forbid killing bison on the refuge. Any state agency or hunter who violates the rule is at risk of being held in contempt, and Freudenthal says that is not a risk he is willing to take. The governor has asked Kempthorne for help resolving the issue as soon as possible.