By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The sale of non-resident, short-term fishing licenses was halted by the state Game and Fish Department on Wednesday in response to a request from Gov. Mark Gordon.
The department said it had adopted an emergency rule signed by Gordon to stop the sales. The emergency regulation is automatically in place for 120 days, but can be reversed at any time if the state’s situation changes.
Gordon last week asked the Game and Fish Commission to halt the sale of the short-term licenses to out-of-state anglers because of his order that anyone coming into Wyoming from outside the state should self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Gordon said at the time that it made little sense for visitors to buy one- or five-day licenses, given the fact they were to be quarantined for two weeks.
“The suspension is due to the need to ensure individuals coming into Wyoming for a non-work related purpose comply with Gov. Gordon’s … directive requiring a 14-day quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Game and Fish Department said in a news release. “Individuals are responsible for complying with all state and local orders.”