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September 25, 2007

Contact: Aaron Kania
307-347-5170

Hunters’ Tips Lead to Citations And Reward

Four hunters from Wyoming's Bighorn Basin have pleaded guilty to driving in an area closed to motor vehicles and vandalizing public land near Dry Medicine Lodge, 30 miles east of Greybull, Wyo. Fines totaled $1250.

The incident occurred on the opening day of the 2006 rifle elk hunt in unit 41. A broken gate and tire tracks in the closed area prompted interviews among hunting camps that resulted in identification of the vehicles. The closed area is a fragile limestone formation of sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns that form an aquifer for nearby towns.

The Bureau of Land Management offers rewards of $250 for tips on violations resulting in conviction. To report violations anywhere in Wyoming, call 888-358-2310. Anonymous reports are accepted. For maps and information on proper Off Highway Vehicle use, and new designated routes in the Brokenback and Upper Nowood areas, visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Worland/rec/ridelegal.html . For more information, contact BLM Ranger Aaron Kania at 307-347-5100.

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