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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will host public information-gathering meetings and a public comment period to finalize an emergency rule regarding management of gray wolves.

The proposed rule includes specific language to clarify Wyoming's commitment to maintain at least 15 breeding pairs of wolves and 150 individual wolves in Wyoming's established trophy game management area. The draft rule also addresses actions the commission will take if numbers within Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and the Rockefeller Parkway drop below eight breeding pairs.

Other revisions include shortening some reporting requirements for those who kill wolves, either through licensed hunting or through livestock depredation actions; further defining "damage to private property" and "chronic wolf depredation"; further restricting the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission's ability to change the boundaries of the trophy game management area; and restricting lethal-take permits to no more than two wolves.

The public meetings regarding the proposed rule will be held:

• Dec. 15: Lander, Inn of Lander, Warbonnet Room, 7 p.m.

• Dec. 16: Jackson, Wyoming Game and Fish Regional Office, 7 p.m.

• Dec. 17: Cody, Big Horn Federal, 7 p.m.

Written comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 29, 2008. Written comments should be mailed to Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wildlife Division, attn: Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604. Copies of the draft regulations are available at the same address and on the Game and Fish Web site at gf.state.wy.us.

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