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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House has given preliminary approval to a measure that would ask Wyoming voters whether the right to hunt, fish and trap should be constitutionally protected.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the House supported Senate Joint Resolution 1 Thursday. The Senate has already approved the measure that would ask votes next year to add the right to hunt to the state Constitution.

In November, similar measures were approved by voters in three states — Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee. Arizona voters rejected such an amendment.

The resolution's supporters say the right to hunt is under attack from animal rights groups. But Democratic Rep. James Byrd of Cheyenne says amending the Constitution will cost "a sizeable amount of money."

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