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West's Wyoming Statutes Annotated. Title 11. Agriculture, Livestock and Other Animals. Chapter 6. Predatory Animals.

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Citation: W. S. 1977 11-6-101 - 313

Citation: W. S. 1977 11-6-101 - 313, WY ST 11-6-101 - 313


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 09/2013

Summary:   This first article of the chapter allows owners of livestock to fill out an application with the board of county commissioners to receive permission to eradicate predatory animals. The second article of the chapter outlines the composition and function of the state predator management advisory board. Article 3 outlines the Wyoming animal damage management program. In that section, "predatory animal” is defined as any coyote, jackrabbit, porcupine, raccoon, red fox, skunk or stray cat; and gray wolves except where they are designated as trophy game animals.


Statute in Full:

ARTICLE 1. CONTROL GENERALLY

§ 11-6-101. Permission to eradicate upon refusal of entry by property owner

§ 11-6-102. Application to county commissioners; hearing; determination; limitation on use of firearms

§ 11-6-103. Liability for damage to property

§ 11-6-104. Centralized and coordinated rodent and predator control plan authorized; release of information restricted

§ 11-6-105. Issuance of aerial hunting permits authorized

§ 11-6-106. Receiving and expending monies for supplies

§ 11-6-107. Disposition of proceeds

§ 11-6-108. Cooperative agreements generally

ARTICLE 2. DISTRICTS AND DISTRICT BOARDS

§ 11-6-201. Creation and designation of districts; state predator management advisory board

§ 11-6-202. Administration of districts by district boards; number and qualifications of members; term; filling of vacancies; removal

§ 11-6-203. Manner of calling annual meeting of predator management districts; when held; election of chairman and secretary

§ 11-6-204. District boards; election and appointment of officers; meetings; quorum; oath; appropriation requests

§ 11-6-205. District boards; duties generally

§ 11-6-206. District boards; powers generally

§ 11-6-207. District boards; record of proceedings and expenditures; monthly warrants issued by county for monies collected

§ 11-6-208. District boards; annual report 

§ 11-6-209. Annual meetings of predator management boards

§ 11-6-210. Creation of predator management district fund; predator management fees; donations; appropriation by county commissioners

ARTICLE 3. WYOMING ANIMAL DAMAGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

§ 11-6-301. Short title

§ 11-6-302. Definitions

§ 11-6-303. Animal damage management board (ADMB) created; composition; appointment; terms; vacancies; compensation

§ 11-6-304. ADMB responsibilities; animal damage management policy; rules; methods to manage predatory animals, predacious birds, depredating animals and rabid wildlife; manner of calling meetings; frequency

§ 11-6-305. Wyoming animal damage management board funding; sources; methods of collection

§ 11-6-306. Animal damage management account

§ 11-6-307. Board to request funding from game and fish commission

§ 11-6-308. District boards; relation to ADMB; duties generally

§ 11-6-309. Predator management district participation with the ADMB

§ 11-6-310. Applicability of chapter

§ 11-6-311. Exemptions

§ 11-6-312. Cooperative agreements generally

§ 11-6-313. Repealed by Laws 2008, ch. 39, § 1, eff. July 1, 2008

 


§ 11-6-101. Permission to eradicate upon refusal of entry by property owner

Whenever predatory animals become a menace to livestock owned or controlled by any resident of Wyoming and the owner or lessee of any real estate in the vicinity where the livestock is ranged or pastured refuses permission to the owner of the livestock, his agents or employees, to enter upon the real estate for the purpose of destroying such predatory animals, entry may be obtained as provided by W.S. 11-6-102 and 11-6-103.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1935, ch. 16, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.

Codifications: C.S. 1945, § 56-2301; W.S. 1957, § 11-74.

 

§ 11-6-102. Application to county commissioners; hearing; determination; limitation on use of firearms

The owner of the livestock may file a written application with the board of county commissioners of the county where the real estate is located, applying for permission to eradicate predatory animals. If, after giving the owner or lessee an opportunity of a hearing, the county commissioners may grant such permission, but the person receiving the permission shall not use firearms in destroying such animals without first obtaining permission from the owner or lessee of the real estate.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1935, ch. 16, § 2; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.

 

§ 11-6-103. Liability for damage to property

The permission granted shall permit the petitioner to enter upon the real estate but shall not relieve the petitioner from any damages which he inflicts upon any property of the owner or lessee of the real estate.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1935, ch. 16, § 3; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.

 

§ 11-6-104. Centralized and coordinated rodent and predator control plan authorized; release of information restricted

(a) The department may establish and implement a cooperative and coordinated plan for rodent and predator control. It may cooperate with federal agencies in the control of rodents, predatory animals and predacious birds, as defined in W.S. 23-1-101, which are destructive to livestock, game and poultry, or are detrimental to feed and foodstuffs, crops and forage production and human health. The department may promulgate necessary rules and regulations to carry out the purposes of this section.

(b) Any information regarding the number or nature of rodents or predators legally taken within the state pursuant to this section shall only be released in its aggregate form. The identity of any person legally taking a rodent or predator within this state is solely for the use of the responsible agency or appropriate law enforcement agency, shall not be released without the individual's written consent and is not a public record for purposes of W.S. 16-4-201 through 16-4-205.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1973, ch. 63, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 2003, ch. 191, § 1, eff. March 7, 2003.

 

§ 11-6-105. Issuance of aerial hunting permits authorized

The department may issue permits for the aerial hunting of rodents and predators to any person for the protection of livestock, domesticated animals or human life, upon a showing that the person or their designated pilot, along with the aircraft to be utilized in the aerial hunting, have been licensed and qualified in accordance with the requirements of the Wyoming aeronautics commission. The department shall furnish to the game and fish department a list of the names and addresses of the persons to whom they have issued aerial permits. The department may predicate the issuance or retention of such permits upon the recipients' full and prompt disclosure of information as the department may request for submission to the authorities designated in accordance with section 13 of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 or its successor. The department shall collect a fee from each person who has any aircraft permitted under this section on or before April 1 of each year in the amount authorized by W.S. 11-1-104.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1973, ch. 63, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1993, ch. 135, § 2.

 

§ 11-6-106. Receiving and expending monies for supplies

The department may receive money for rodent and predator control from the federal government, state appropriations, counties, agencies, boards, associations, commissions, individuals and any other cooperators and may expend such monies to purchase supplies, materials, services, and to employ or contract personnel for rodent and predator control. The department may make such supplies, materials, services and personnel available to cooperators at approximate cost.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1973, ch. 63, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.

 

§ 11-6-107. Disposition of proceeds

All predator furs, skins and specimens taken by hunters or trappers whose salaries are paid in full by cooperating agencies, shall be sold and the proceeds returned to the respective predator management district of the county in which the furs, skins or specimens originated. All receipts from sales of materials and services related to predatory animal and rodent control received by the department shall be paid into the state general fund.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1973, ch. 63, § 1; Laws 1974, ch. 16, § 2; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1989, ch. 3, § 1; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-108. Cooperative agreements generally

The department may enter into cooperative agreements with other governmental agencies, counties, associations, corporations or individuals for carrying out the purposes of W.S. 11-6-104 through 11-6-107.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1953, ch. 77, § 2; Laws 1973, ch. 63, § 2; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.

 

§ 11-6-201. Creation and designation of districts; state predator management advisory board

(a) Each county is created and designated as a predator management district. Each district shall be known as the “Predator Management District of ... County, Wyoming,” and it may hold property and be a party to suits and contracts.

(b) There is created a state predator management advisory board composed of one (1) representative of each predator management district. The state predator management advisory board representative shall be appointed by the individual predator management district boards of directors and so designated in writing.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 2; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 2; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-202. Administration of districts by district boards; number and qualifications of members; term; filling of vacancies; removal

(a) The affairs of each district shall be administered by a board of directors, each of whom shall be a bona fide resident of Wyoming. Directors for the positions identified in paragraphs (i) and (ii) of this subsection shall be elected at an annual meeting of district livestock owners. Directors for the positions identified in paragraphs (iv) and (v) of this subsection shall be appointed as described. The composition of the board shall be as follows:

(i) Three (3) directors shall be sheep owners having paid predator management fees on sheep in the district in the year preceding election. At each subsequent annual district meeting one (1) director shall be elected for a three (3) year term. Subject to the provisions of W.S. 11-6-203(a), all sheep owners whether an individual, corporation or partnership, having paid predator management fees on sheep in the district regardless of the domicile of the sheep, are entitled to one (1) vote at the meeting;

(ii) Three (3) directors shall be cattle owners having paid predator management fees on cattle in the district in the year preceding election. At each subsequent annual district meeting one (1) director shall be elected for a three (3) year term. Subject to the provisions of W.S. 11-6-203(a), all cattle owners whether an individual, corporation or partnership, having paid predator management fees on cattle in the district regardless of the domicile of the cattle, are entitled to one (1) vote at the meeting;

(iii) If a qualified applicant for a director position identified in paragraph (i) or (ii) of this subsection cannot be found or if no qualified applicant seeks election to the board of directors, then the director position may be filled by an otherwise qualified elector, provided no more than four (4) directors may represent any one (1) species of livestock;

(iv) The board of county commissioners shall appoint one (1) director to serve for an initial term of two (2) years and thereafter for three (3) year terms from electors in the county not engaged in raising sheep or cattle. No appointed member may serve for a consecutive period of more than six (6) years;

(v) If the board of directors determines state funds are necessary for an effective predator management program to assure the statutory requirements provided in W.S. 11-6-205 are fulfilled and state funds are appropriated and received for that purpose, then three (3) directors representing sportsmen and hunters from the district shall be appointed to the board of directors by the county commissioners serving the local district. Sportsmen and hunter representatives shall be bona fide residents of the district not engaged in raising sheep or cattle and shall hold or have held either a valid Wyoming fishing or hunting license or a Wyoming wildlife damage management stamp within the preceding twelve (12) month period. County commissioners, to the greatest extent practical, shall select sportsmen and hunter representatives to ensure representation from as broad a geographic distribution of the district as possible. The county commissioners shall determine who of the three (3) sportsmen and hunter directors appointed to a board under this paragraph shall serve an initial term of one (1) year, who shall serve an initial term of (2) years and who shall serve a term of three (3) years. Thereafter, each term shall be for three (3) years.

(b) No director shall continue to hold office after disqualification under any of the provisions of this section. All vacancies on the district board may be filled for unexpired terms by the other directors in office except the public member's and the sportsmen and hunter member's unexpired term shall be filled by board of county commissioners appointment. All members shall hold their offices until their successors are elected and qualified.

(c) For directors appointed by a board of county commissioners, the county commissioners may remove the director for cause without a public hearing unless the director requests that the action be taken during a public hearing.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 3; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 2; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006; Laws 2010, ch. 61, § 1, eff. March 8, 2010; Laws 2012, ch. 46, § 1, eff. July 1, 2012; Laws 2012, ch. 104, § 1, eff. March 21, 2012.

 

§ 11-6-203. Manner of calling annual meeting of predator management districts; when held; election of chairman and secretary

(a) The annual meeting of each predator management district shall be held within the first two (2) weeks of December. Any person having paid predator fees in the district within the preceding twelve (12) months shall be entitled to one (1) vote at the annual meeting. Predator fees paid in the name of a business entity may be represented by one (1) representative of the entity paying the fees, provided that the representative is authorized by the entity to vote on behalf of the entity and has provided proof of such written authorization. Proof of payment of predator fees within the district shall only be through a verified copy of a brand inspection certificate which clearly shows that the fees have been paid and the date upon which the fees were paid. No person paying fees within the district shall be entitled to more than one (1) vote at the annual meeting and no proxies shall be allowed. Each board shall:

(i) Repealed by Laws 2012, ch. 46, § 2, eff. July 1, 2012;

(ii) Publish a notice stating the time and place of any meeting of the district and that directors of the board representing livestock interests as provided in W.S. 11-6-202(a)(i) and (ii) shall be elected at the meeting. Notice shall be published once in a newspaper of general circulation in the district ten (10) days prior to the date of the meeting;

(iii) Set the date of the meeting so as not to conflict with the date of similar meetings held in adjoining districts in order that sheep and cattle owners operating in more than one (1) district may attend and vote in other districts where they are engaged in such business;

(iv) Set the annual predatory animal control fee for the district as provided by W.S. 11-6-210(a).

(b) When assembled in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the sheep and cattle owners shall elect a chairman and secretary who shall act as judges of the election of directors representing livestock interests of the board.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 4; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 2; Laws 1996, ch. 41, § 1, eff. March 15, 1996; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006; Laws 2010, ch. 61, § 1, eff. March 8, 2010; Laws 2012, ch. 46, §§ 1, 2, eff. July 1, 2012.

 

§ 11-6-204. District boards; election and appointment of officers; meetings; quorum; oath; appropriation requests

At the annual meeting of the district board, following election of directors pursuant to W.S. 11-6-202(a)(i), (ii) and (iv) and upon appointment of directors pursuant to W.S. 11-6-202(a)(v), if applicable, the directors shall organize by choosing from their number a president and vice-president and shall appoint a secretary-treasurer. Subsequent meetings may be called by the president upon reasonable notice. A majority of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business at any board meeting. The members of the board shall receive no compensation for serving as members. Each director shall take an oath for the faithful performance of his duties. If the board determines to request an appropriation of funds from the board of county commissioners, it shall, at least thirty (30) days prior to the time for annual levy of general taxes, notify the board of county commissioners of the amount the district board considers necessary for district operations during the following year.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 5; Laws 1945, ch. 8, § 1; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 2; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-205. District boards; duties generally

(a) Each predator management district board shall:

(i) Exercise general supervision over the control of predatory animals and predacious birds that prey upon and destroy livestock, other domestic animals and wildlife;

(ii) Devise and put in operation those methods that best manage or control damage caused by predatory animals or predacious birds;

(iii) Administer funds received from predator management fees and from other sources to carry out the predator management program;

(iv) Coordinate with affected individuals and entities to develop a comprehensive predator management program for each respective predator management district which addresses livestock, wildlife and public health concerns.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 1; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 2; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-206. District boards; powers generally

Each predator management district board may adopt rules and regulations necessary for carrying out the purpose and provisions of this article. Each board may appoint employees and assistants as necessary and fix their compensation. Each board may enter into cooperative agreements with boards of county commissioners, other predator management districts, federal or state agencies or other organizations or associations for the purpose of controlling predatory animals and predacious birds. Each board is authorized to pay bounties for predatory animals and predacious birds.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 8; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 2; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-207. District boards; record of proceedings and expenditures; monthly warrants issued by county for monies collected

(a) The secretary-treasurer of each predator management district shall keep a complete and accurate record of the proceedings of the board.

(b) All salaries, expenses or bounties shall be paid from the predator management district fund of the district by the secretary-treasurer.

(c) All expenditures of the district shall be supported by properly approved vouchers and supporting documents in writing signed by the board president and any other director.

(d) The county treasurer shall issue monthly warrants to the predator management district for all monies collected in the county for the predator management district.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 10; Laws 1971, ch. 167, § 1; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-208. District boards; annual report

On or before October 1 of each year, the president and secretary-treasurer of each district board and each county treasurer shall make an annual report to their board of county commissioners showing all receipts and disbursement of district funds made by direction of the board during the preceding fiscal year. A report of the receipts, expenditures and financial transactions of the district shall be made as provided by W.S. 9-1-507. The director of the state department of audit may call upon any district board or upon any county treasurer for further information relating to any predator management district.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 11; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1993, ch. 75, § 1; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006; Laws 2009, ch. 90, § 2, eff. July 1, 2009.

 

§ 11-6-209. Annual meetings of predator management boards

Annual meetings for the election of members of boards of directors of predator management districts shall be called by the president of each board. The meetings shall be called by a notice published in the manner provided by W.S. 11-6-203.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 6; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 2; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

Codifications: C.S. 1945, § 56-2506; W.S. 1957, § 11-107; W.S. 1977, § 11-6-309.

 

§ 11-6-210. Creation of predator management district fund; predator management fees; donations; appropriation by county commissioners

(a) At the time of collecting brand inspection fees imposed under W.S. 11-20-401 and 11-20-402, the brand inspector shall collect predator management fees on all sheep and cattle inspected within each predator management district. However, predator management fees shall not be collected on cattle and sheep shipped into this state for immediate sale or slaughter. The amount of the fee for each predator management district shall be established by each predator management district board in consultation with the state predator management advisory board and shall not exceed one dollar ($1.00) per head on sheep and cattle. The directors elected pursuant to W.S. 11-6-202(a)(i) and (ii) from each predator management district board shall annually determine the predator management fee to be charged and collected in the district taking into consideration comments solicited from the producers present at the district's annual meeting as provided for in W.S. 11-6-203, who have paid predator management fees within the district during the preceding twelve (12) months and shall inform the livestock board of the fee prior to January 1 each year. The fee shall not be collected on the same livestock more than once in any twelve (12) month period. The livestock board may retain not to exceed five percent (5%) of the revenues collected for the actual cost of collecting the predator management fee. Remaining revenues collected by the livestock board under this section shall be remitted to the state treasurer for deposit in an account. The state treasurer, on a quarterly basis, shall distribute the revenues to the county treasurer of the county from which the shipment originated unless, at the time of payment of the fees, the livestock owner designates the fees to be distributed in total to another county in this state in which the livestock are fed or pastured. The county treasurer shall deposit revenues distributed under this subsection into a special continuing fund, to be known as the “Predator Management District Fund of ... County” and to be administered by the predator management board of that district.

(b) and (c) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 3.

(d) The district board may receive donations and appropriations of money from any source, and such donations and appropriations shall be placed in the district fund by the county treasurer upon request of the district board. Nothing in W.S. 11-6-201 through 11-6-210 shall be construed to prohibit boards of county commissioners from appropriating funds for the purpose of controlling predatory animals and predacious birds, and such appropriation by boards of county commissioners is authorized.

(e) Repealed by Laws 1990, ch. 87, § 3.

(f) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the amount of the annual predator management fee for sheep and cattle shipped into this state for confinement in a commercial feedlot shall not exceed twenty-five cents ($0.25) per head on sheep and cattle. For purposes of this subsection, “commercial feedlot” means any place, establishment or facility commonly known as a feedlot conducted, operated or managed for profit or nonprofit for livestock producers, feeders or market agencies, consisting of pens and their appurtenances, in which livestock are received, held, fed, cared for or kept for sale or shipment in commerce. A pasture, field or other enclosure, fenced or unfenced, shall not be considered a commercial feedlot for purposes of this subsection. The predator management district board shall have the authority to determine if a facility qualifies as a commercial feedlot as defined in this subsection.

(g) Each predator management district board shall annually allocate five percent (5%) of all predator management fee collections to be used for refunds, in whole or in part. If a refund is requested the board shall pay the refund within one hundred twenty (120) days after the end of the calendar year in which the fee was paid. Refunds under this subsection shall be subject to the following:

(i) To be valid, the application for refund shall be received no later than sixty (60) days after the end of the calendar year in which the fee was paid;

(ii) No person receiving a refund shall receive any predatory animal control services funded in whole or in part by the predatory animal control fees until that person has paid one hundred fifty percent (150%) of all refunds received during the year in which the services were sought and the three (3) preceding calendar years; and

(iii) All monies not paid in refunds shall annually revert to the district predator management account on July 1 of the following year.

(h) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, no predatory animal control fee shall be collected on livestock shipped or trailed within this state if change of ownership does not occur.

(j) Any person failing to pay the predator animal control fee imposed by subsection (a) or (f) of this section shall be punished as provided by W.S. 11-1-103.

(k) In addition to the other fees imposed by this section, any person paying the predator control fee may pay an additional ten cents ($.10) per head to fund the predator management activities of the Wyoming animal damage management board created by W.S. 11-6-303. Any fees collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the animal damage management account created by W.S. 11-6-306.

(m) Repealed by Laws 2012, ch. 46, § 2, eff. July 1, 2012.

(n) If a livestock producer requests predator management services from the district board representing the county in which the producer is pasturing or housing livestock, and no predator management fees have been collected from the producer within the previous twelve (12) months, or if the fees have been refunded, the board may charge a service fee to recover reasonable and actual costs of the predator management services provided.

(o) To be eligible to receive state funds, the district shall assess and collect all available fees on livestock in the district.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1943, ch. 36, § 7; Laws 1945, ch. 8, § 2; Laws 1950, Sp. Sess., ch. 11, § 1; Laws 1963, ch. 85, § 1; Laws 1969, ch. 103, § 1; Laws 1977, ch. 125, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1990, ch. 87, §§ 2, 3; Laws 1991, ch. 78, § 1; Laws 1991, ch. 129, § 1; Laws 1994, ch. 96, § 1; Laws 1996, ch. 41, § 1, eff. March 15, 1996; Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 2, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2002, Sp. & Bud. Sess., ch. 23, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2005, ch. 231, § 1, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006; Laws 2006, ch. 114, § 1, eff. March 24, 2006; Laws 2010, ch. 61, § 1, eff. March 8, 2010; Laws 2010, ch. 69, § 207, eff. July 1, 2010; Laws 2012, ch. 46, §§ 1, 2, eff. July 1, 2012.

 

Article 3. Wyoming Animal Damage Management Program

§ 11-6-301. Short title

 This article may be cited as the “Wyoming animal damage management program”.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999.

 

§ 11-6-302. Definitions

(a) As used in this article:

(i) “Board” means the Wyoming animal damage management board (ADMB);

(ii) “Crop” or “agricultural crop” when not otherwise defined by statute means corn, oats, wheat, barley, flax, sorghums and other grains, potatoes, vegetables, forage legumes, hay, and any other product of cultivation, trees, bees, honey and hives;

(iii) “Damage” means any injury to or loss of livestock, agricultural crops or wildlife inflicted by predatory animals, predacious birds or depredating animals;

(iv) “Depredating animal” means any trophy game animal or furbearing animal that causes damage;

(v) “Furbearing animal” means badger, beaver, bobcat, marten, mink, muskrat or weasel;

(vi) “Livestock” means horses, mules, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, guard animals or any other animal maintained under domestication. Bison are considered livestock unless otherwise designated by the Wyoming livestock board and the Wyoming game and fish commission;

(vii) “Person” means as defined by W.S. 8-1-102(a)(vi);

(viii) “Predacious bird” means any predatory avian species that is permitted to be taken under either Wyoming law or federal law;

(ix) “Predatory animal” means:

(A) Coyote, jackrabbit, porcupine, raccoon, red fox, skunk or stray cat; and

(B) Until the date gray wolves are removed from the list of experimental nonessential population, endangered species or threatened species in Wyoming as provided by W.S. 23-1-108, “predatory animal” includes wolves. After that date, “predatory animal” shall include any gray wolf within areas of the state where the state of Wyoming has jurisdiction for wildlife management, but not within an area of the state in which the gray wolf is:

(I) Designated as a trophy game animal under W.S 23-1-101(a)(xii)(B)(I) or (II).

(II) Repealed by Laws 2012, ch. 25, § 2, eff. March 7, 2012.

(x) “Trophy game animal” means:

(A) Black bear, grizzly bear or mountain lion; and

(B) From and after the date gray wolves are removed from the list of experimental nonessential population, endangered species or threatened species in Wyoming as provided by W.S. 23-1-108:

(I) “Trophy game animal” shall include any gray wolf within those areas where gray wolves are designated as trophy game animals as provided in W.S 23-1-101(a)(xii)(B)(I) or (II).

(II) Repealed by Laws 2012, ch. 25, § 2, eff. March 7, 2012.

(xi) “Wildlife” means all wild mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and mollusks, and wild bison designated by the Wyoming game and fish commission and the Wyoming livestock board within this state;

(xii) “Take” means as defined by W.S. 23-1-102(a)(vii).

(b) Repealed by Laws 2012, ch. 25, § 2, eff. March 7, 2012.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2003, ch. 115, § 2, eff. March 4, 2003; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006; Laws 2007, ch. 168, § 3, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2012, ch. 25, §§ 1, 2, eff. March 7, 2012.

 

§ 11-6-303. Animal damage management board (ADMB) created; composition; appointment; terms; vacancies; compensation

(a) There is created the animal damage management board for the purposes of mitigating damage caused to livestock, wildlife and crops by predatory animals, predacious birds and depredating animals or for the protection of human health and safety. The board may mitigate damage caused by depredating animals by and through a memorandum of understanding with the Wyoming game and fish commission. The board shall be composed of twelve (12) members appointed by the governor as follows:

(i) The director of the Wyoming department of agriculture;

(ii) The director of the Wyoming game and fish department;

(iii) One (1) domestic sheep producer;

(iv) One (1) cattle producer;

(v) The state director for the United States department of agriculture, animal and plant health inspection service, wildlife services (USDA/APHIS/WS);

(vi) Two (2) members representing the interests of sportsmen, outfitters and hunters, not more than one (1) of these members shall be appointed to represent the interests of outfitters;

(vii) The president of the state predator management advisory board created under W.S. 11-6-201;

(viii) One (1) member from an urban area;

(ix) One (1) member from the Wyoming game and fish commission;

(x) One (1) member of the Wyoming board of agriculture; and

(xi) One (1) member representing the interests of nonconsumptive users of the state's wildlife resource.

(b) A representative from the United States forest service (USFS), the United States fish and wildlife service (USFWS) and United States bureau of land management (BLM) shall serve as exofficio nonvoting members of the board.

(c) The directors of the departments of agriculture and game and fish shall serve as co-chairs of the ADMB and shall give general direction to the ADMB and the ADMB administrative officer.

(d) The director of the department of agriculture or his designee shall serve as the ADMB's administrative officer and carry out the ADMB's administrative functions.

(e) Except for the directors of the departments of agriculture and game and fish, the state director for the United States department of agriculture, animal and plant health inspection service, wildlife services (USDA/APHIS/WS), and the president of the state predator management advisory board created under W.S. 11-6-201, the remaining members of the board shall hold office for staggered terms of four (4) years. For the remaining members of the initial board, four (4) members shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years, four (4) members shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years. Each appointed member shall be limited to serving on the board for eight (8) consecutive years, however, a member may be reappointed after a four (4) year absence. Each member shall hold office until his successor is appointed and has been qualified. As terms of current ADMB members expire, the governor shall appoint each new member or reappointed member to a four (4) year term.

(f) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, a replacement shall be appointed for the unexpired term.

(g) Attendance of six (6) members at a duly called meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of official business. The ADMB shall convene at the times and places prescribed by the chair.

(h) Members of the board who are not government employees shall receive no compensation or benefits for their services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the established state rate, to be paid from the animal damage management account.

(j) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.

(k) State government officer and employee members who do not receive salary, per diem, or expenses from their agency for their service may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties from the ADMB at the established state rate, to be paid from the animal damage management account.

(m) State government official and employee members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-304. ADMB responsibilities; animal damage management policy; rules; methods to manage predatory animals, predacious birds, depredating animals and rabid wildlife; manner of calling meetings; frequency

(a) The ADMB is responsible for the formulation of the damage prevention management policy of the state, and by and through an executed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Wyoming game and fish commission is responsible for management of rabid wildlife, crop, livestock and wildlife damage done by depredating animals and wildlife damage by predatory animals and predacious birds. The ADMB in conjunction with its responsibility may, consistent with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act adopt rules to implement policies administered by the ADMB. After consultation with the livestock board and the department of health, the ADMB shall promulgate rules pertaining to rabies prevention in wildlife including surveillance, public education, vaccination protocol, post-exposure procedures and quarantines. The ADMB may enter into the agreements with law enforcing agencies to carry out the quarantine provisions. Nothing in this article shall preempt the Wyoming game and fish commission authority to manage wildlife or determine damage pursuant to any provision in title 23.

(b) In its deliberations the ADMB shall:

(i) Entertain requests for assistance in order to allow mitigation of predator damage;

(ii) Specify programs designed to prevent damage by predatory animals, rabid wildlife, predacious birds and depredating animals to livestock, agricultural crops, wildlife, property, human health and safety;

(iii) Provide various degrees of predatory animal, predacious bird and depredating animal damage management services to individual agricultural livestock and crop producers, landowners, lessors or administrators, and to urban, residential and industrial property owners. Damage management services shall also be provided and conducted for the benefit of wildlife populations and human health and safety;

(iv) Specify methods for the prevention and management of damage and for the selective control of predatory animals, rabid wildlife, predacious birds and depredating animals;

(v) Maintain responsibility and appropriate funds for the purpose of providing damage prevention and management to agricultural livestock and crops, wildlife, property and human health and safety caused by predatory animals, rabid wildlife, predacious birds and depredating animals;

(vi) Cooperate with federal, state and county governments, educational institutions and private persons or organizations to effectuate agricultural and wildlife damage and rabid wildlife prevention policies;

(vii) Develop memorandums of understanding between the Wyoming department of agriculture and the Wyoming game and fish commission and the United States department of agriculture, animal and plant health inspection service, wildlife services (USDA/APHIS/WS) to accommodate funding sources and administrative guidelines for the program;

(viii) Consider any recommendations received from the Wyoming game and fish commission and the Wyoming department of agriculture.

(c) The ADMB shall conduct meetings in accordance with its established policy, but shall meet at least once each year in the month of January.

(d) The ADMB may adopt rules and regulations necessary for carrying out the purpose and provisions of this article. The ADMB may appoint employees and assistants as necessary and fix their compensation. The ADMB may enter into cooperative agreements with boards of county commissioners, predator management districts, federal or state agencies or other commissions, organizations or associations for the purpose of managing predatory animals, rabid wildlife, predacious birds and depredating animals. Predator management district boards which choose not to enter into a cooperative agreement with the ADMB shall not be precluded from continuing with, or entering into, a cooperative agreement or memorandum of understanding with the United States department of agriculture, animal and plant health inspection service, wildlife services (USDA/APHIS/WS), other entities of government, organizations or associations. This act is not intended and shall not replace, rescind, modify nor cancel cooperative agreements or cooperative service agreements between the USDA/APHIS/WS and the county predator management districts created under W.S. 11-6-201 through 11-6-210.

(e) The ADMB may elect to provide various degrees of predator damage management services to any other person pursuant to a separately negotiated cooperative agreement.

(f) The board shall investigate, test and refine the concept and practices of integrated predator management. The board shall develop and establish measurable goals and objectives. The board shall report to the governor and the joint agriculture, public lands and water resources interim committee and joint appropriations interim committee on or before November 30 of each year to determine the progress the board has made toward achieving the goals and objectives it has established. The report shall also include actions taken, the accomplishments and state monies expended by each county predator management board participating in state funding.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2002, Sp. & Bud. Sess., ch. 43, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006; Laws 2008, ch. 44, § 1, eff. March 5, 2008; Laws 2011, ch. 19, § 1, eff. July 1, 2011.

 

§ 11-6-305. Wyoming animal damage management board funding; sources; methods of collection

(a) There is created a “wildlife damage management” stamp. The stamp, issued at licensed selling agents as designated by the Wyoming game and fish commission may be purchased voluntarily. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp, excluding fifty cents ($.50) which the agent shall retain for each stamp sold, shall be deposited by the state treasurer into the animal damage management account created by W.S. 11-6-306. The Wyoming game and fish commission shall retain the fees related to those administrative costs which are required to design and print stamps, and collect, account for and disburse these funds to the ADMB. The Wyoming game and fish commission shall annually provide to the ADMB a complete and detailed accounting of all administrative costs and fees.

(b) The purchase price for the stamp shall be determined annually by the ADMB in whole dollar increments and established at such a level to meet financial obligations as budgeted.

(c) The ADMB may receive money for predatory animal, predacious bird and depredating animal management from the federal government, state appropriations, counties, agencies, boards, associations, commissions, individuals and any other cooperators, and may expend monies to purchase supplies, materials, services, and to employ or contract personnel for predatory animal, predacious bird and depredating animal damage management. The ADMB may make supplies, materials, services and personnel available to cooperators at approximate cost.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2003, ch. 112, § 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2004, ch. 36, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Laws 2010, ch. 69, § 207, eff. July 1, 2010.

 

§ 11-6-306. Animal damage management account

(a) There is created the animal damage management account.

(b) Money received under W.S. 11-6-305 shall be deposited by the state treasurer in the animal damage management account to be appropriated for the purposes provided in this article.

(c) Any supplemental contributions received by the department from livestock owners for predatory animal, predacious bird or depredating animal damage management programs or the prevention and management of rabid wildlife shall be deposited into the animal damage management account.

(d) The animal damage management account shall be administered for the ADMB by the Wyoming department of agriculture.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2002, Sp. & Bud. Sess., ch. 43, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2005, ch. 231, § 1, eff. July 1, 2005.

 

§ 11-6-307. Board to request funding from game and fish commission

The board shall annually request one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) from the Wyoming game and fish commission. These funds shall be expended for wildlife priorities. The game and fish commission may provide recommendations to the board regarding expenditure of these funds.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999.

 

§ 11-6-308. District boards; relation to ADMB; duties generally

(a) Each predator management district board shall:

(i) Exercise general supervision in determining local priorities for the management of predatory animals and predacious birds that prey upon and destroy livestock, other domestic animals, wildlife and crops;

(ii) Devise and put in operation those methods that best manage predatory animals and predacious birds;

(iii) Administer funds received to carry out the animal damage management program;

(iv) Maintain existing financial and physical resources;

(v) Provide input to the ADMB.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-309. Predator management district participation with the ADMB

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, if the predator management district has elected to participate in providing funding or upon approval of the ADMB, other in-kind resources, to the animal damage management account, the district may solicit funds or receive services from the ADMB under separate negotiated agreement.

(b) Whether or not a predator management district has elected to participate in providing funding to the animal damage management account, the district may solicit funds or receive services from the ADMB for control of gray wolves designated as predatory animals.

(c) In any area of the state not under the jurisdiction of a county predatory animal board, eligible applicants for funds appropriated to the animal damage management board for the purpose of controlling wolves designated as predatory animals include state or county agencies.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006; Laws 2012, ch. 25, § 1, eff. March 7, 2012.

 

§ 11-6-310. Applicability of chapter

This article, unless contrary to federal law, shall apply to all federal, state and private lands.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999.

 

§ 11-6-311. Exemptions

The state predator management advisory board or the ADMB may exempt persons from payment of the imposed fees when the respective board determines that livestock as defined in this act are permanently confined within pens or corrals within incorporated city limits where animal damage control activity by state or federal agencies is prohibited or severely restricted.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2006, ch. 87, § 1, eff. March 23, 2006.

 

§ 11-6-312. Cooperative agreements generally

The ADMB may enter into cooperative agreements with other governmental agencies, counties, associations, corporations or individuals for carrying out the purposes of this article.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999.

 

§ 11-6-313. Repealed by Laws 2008, ch. 39, § 1, eff. July 1, 2008

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

Repealed § 11-6-313, relating to the expiration date, was derived from Laws 1999, ch. 197, § 1 and Laws 2003, ch. 112, § 1.

 

  



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