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WGFD looking ahead to more cuts

Posted: Monday, May 13th, 2013

PINEDALE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is finalizing $4.6 million in cuts to its 2013-14 fiscal year, 6.5 percent of its budget, but the cutbacks don’t stop there – the department is looking ahead to its 2014-15 fiscal year plan, as well. Without finding additional revenue sources, the WGFD will have to cut another $1.5 to $2 million this time next year.

The WGFD has been in the process of severe budget reductions since last year when it dropped $2 million. Another $4.6 million reduction is awaiting approval from the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission in July.

The cuts are necessitated by a reduction in department revenue, though WGFD Director Scott Talbott has said public demands for services are increasing. Some lawmakers attempted to provide revenue by raising fees on hunting and fishing licenses, but the action failed in the Legislature.

For the complete article see the 05-14-2013 issue.

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