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Wildlife Update: Lander Moose, Pygmy Rabbit Catches; Bobcat, Turkey Hunts

Submitted by Newsroom on March 19, 2013 – 11:30 amNo Comment

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department — has a regular spot on Chit Chat twice a month to keep listeners informed about hunting and fishing regulations, upcoming classes, safety tips and wildlife issues. As part of that feature, game official Rene Schell of the Lander Field Office appears the second and fourth Monday of the month, at 8:30. The show airs on KVOW 1450 AM.

Look for Selected Shows to be Posted by Topics and Air Dates.

RELATED STORY: Boudro and Belle go to Washington, posted March 19

Written, Produced, Broadcast by KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

Trapped Pygmy Rabbit -- Rene Schell Photo

Boudro and Belle are on their way to Washington. They’re two of the pygmy rabbits caught by game specialist Rene Schell of the Lander Game and Fish office during a recent mission to capture 30 for relocation to Washington. She couldn’t help herself, she said. They were just too cute ….. CLICK HERE

She said the pygmy rabbit is an endangered species and this bunch heading to Washington will help recovery efforts of the species in the Columbia Basin. She said they’ll be released into the wild after a brief time to acclimate them to the area.

To listen to the interview regarding the rabbits, that aired on March 11, 2013CLICK HERE

To listen to the entire interview that included discussions about the capture and release of a moose from Lander, bear baits and hunting bobcats and turkeys, that aired on March 11, 2013 – CLICK HERE

On Chit Chat, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 — Legislative bill update, funding, Ocean Lake habitat improvements, irrigation ditch fish screen, backyard bird counts …..

To listen to the show – CLICK HERE

On Chit Chat, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 — Boysen Record Crappie Catch, Jackson Wolf Poaching Update, Turkey and Elk Licenses, Bird Care …..

To listen to the showCLICK HERE

On Chit Chat, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 — Wildlife specialist Rene Schell reported on the Hudson moose poaching case, ice fishing and licensing …..

To listen to the show, with News Director and Host Leslie StratmoenCLICK HERE

On Chit Chat, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 – One of the guests was wildlife specialist Rene Schell of the Lander Field Office.

To listen to the show with News Director and Host Leslie StratmoenCLICK HERE

Rene Schell

During the show, wildlife specialist Rene Schell said:

– Suspects have been identified in the moose poaching incident near Hudson;

– Draining of Ocean Lake ponds starts tomorrow to clear cattails from waterfowl habitat;

– The deer, antelope and moose are migrating so drivers must slow down on roadways;

– The have not yet gone into hibernation, so are roaming;

– Don’t feed the deer because they can’t digest domestic food.

RELATED STORY: Broadcast on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Game official says arrests looming in Hudson poaching case

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

HUDSON, Wyo. – Wildlife specialist Rene Schell says the state Game and Fish Department has identified suspects in the Hudson moose poaching case, but they’ve not yet made an arrest. She said investigators are in the process of tying up all the pieces so formal charges can be filed.

Her department conducted a joint investigation this week with Tribal Fish and Game and the FBI, the agencies that have jurisdiction on the nearby Wind River Indian Reservation. Through that investigation, four suspects were identified in connection to the case and charges are pending.

The moose were found on October 15, shot to death and left to rot. There were four all together – two bulls and two cows.

Here’s Schell giving more details about where the dead animals were found and the investigation.

“It was on private land, deeded land within the reservation boundary, which means we have the jurisdiction to file charges. The case is progressing. We’re in the process of getting it tied up as neatly as we can, before we press charges.”

Game officials were alerted to the poaching by someone calling the department’s anonymous Stop Poaching tip line. That’s 1-877-WGFD-TIP.

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