Wyoming Predators; Always a Key Topic of Conversation

Wolves and grizzly bears are all over northwest Wyoming and ranchers say they bring physical and financial harm to their livelihood.

News13's Bobby Poitevint explains how these animals impact Wyoming’s ranching industry.

During a joint meeting between stock growers and the Association of Conservation Districts representatives and ranchers discussed land and livestock issues.

Trespassing on private property was front and center, but solution is a tough question.

Jim Magagna from the Wyoming Stock Growers Association shared, “We don't in any way deny anyone’s right to go on to public resources and collect information but that shouldn't be done without respect for private property rights."

Other issues are predators calling Wyoming home.

Recently gray wolves and grizzly bears were removed from the endangered species list.

Around the rest of Wyoming, wolves are considered predatory animals and can be shot if one feels threatened.

Land owners say wolves and grizzles hurt northern Wyoming ranching.

Wyoming landowner Dennis Sun told News 13, “If you’re up in the greater Yellowstone area and your running cattle and all of this or sheep, you've got some issues."

Pinedale ranchers can have heavy livestock losses during summer months

"Range around four to five percent when wolves came in those started jumping up to eight to nine percent and then grizzly bears even overwhelm the wolves and their loses. I just heard recently a number the other day I haven't confirmed it yet but I think it's accurate, they had a 13 percent losses this year and those are unsustainable if you’re in the livestock business."

Wyoming Game and Fish staff says they are currently in the, "gathering information process," after the de-listing of the Yellowstone grizzly bear.

Staff will continue to discuss these and other issues through Thursday on Casper.