Wyoming wardens oppose taxidermy paperwork changes

By: AP
By: AP

Casper, WY (AP) - Wyoming game wardens are opposing a bill that would relax paperwork requirements for taxidermists.

Under the bill, taxidermists would no longer have to require hunters to fill out affidavits describing their animals and where and when they were killed. An amendment to House Bill 38 would also require investigators to give taxidermists 48 hours' notice before inspecting their records.

Daniel Beach of the Wyoming Game Wardens Association told the Casper Star-Tribune that the change would give taxidermists time to manufacture records for poached wildlife.

Gillette taxidermist Rusty Bell says that Wyoming taxidermists get a lot of business from out-of-state hunters and sometimes have to sign the affidavits themselves when they pick up the animals from the meat processor, making them liable for any false information.

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