Game and Fish Commission elects new officers and gives initial approval to $75 million budget

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NEWCASTLE, Wyoming — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has elected new officers and has given preliminary approval to a $75 million budget for the Game and Fish Department.

During a meeting in Newcastle this week, Charles Price was chosen as the commission's president and Carrie Little as vice president.

Price is a rancher from Sublette County, and Little is a rancher and businesswoman from Sheridan County. Both were appointed by Gov. Matt Mead in 2011.

The commission also gave preliminary approval of the department budget for the next fiscal year.

The commission will vote on final approval of the fiscal year 2016 budget at its meeting in July.

About 84 percent of the revenue for the budget comes from sportsmen and sportswomen.

The Legislature has already appropriated $6 million to Game and Fish for fiscal year 2016. All of that goes to five specific programs.

"This was a productive discussion about not only the next budget, but also future budgets for the Game and Fish Department. There are challenges for wildlife populations at this time and on the horizon and we need to look for ways to get ahead of them," Price said in a statement.

In other business, the commission voted to contribute $250,000 toward The Conservation Fund's acquisition of a property in Sublette County that will protect a migration corridor.

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