A Wyoming realtor claims allowing the public to access public land by crossing over private land devalued the private property near Elk Mountain by millions of dollars. He said the value is decreased by 30% if corner-crossing is allowed.
The Wyoming public this spring will get a chance to have their say about the future of the recreational land on the Marton Ranch property near Casper. The property offers blue-ribbon fishing, big-game hunting, and hiking.
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A photographer who took an aerial photo over Wyoming’s famed Medicine Wheel says the photo was legal because he didn’t use a drone. He said he took it with a camera attached to a kite but that didn’t stop the angry feedback from people who say he disrespected the site.
The opposing sides in a corner crossing civil case won’t get their day in court until June 26, 2023.
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Two Wyomingites who frequently tread public lands – a hunter and a scientific researcher – said they’re taking a wait-and-see approach to the outcome of a pending lawsuit regarding a “corner-crossing” trespassing case.
Threats and intimidation were illegally used against four Missouri hunters charged with trespassing on the Iron Bar Ranch near Elk Mountain, according to documents filed in U.S. Civil Court by the hunters’ attorney.
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The $21 million purchase of private land in Natrona and Carbon counties — the largest in state history — will unlock 40,000 acres of land and water to the public but will results in thousands of dollars per year in lost tax revenue.
The lawsuit filed against four Missouri hunters because they allegedly violated the airspace of private land in Carbon County will stay in federal court, a judge ruled Thursday.
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The question of whether corner-crossing is legal activity isn’t solved yet. Now the U.S. District Court (a federal court) is hearing a case where the landowner has filed a lawsuit against the hunters, seeking damages for trespassing.
The four hunters accused of trespassing on a wealthy landowner’s private property in Carbon County on Monday filed a request for dismissal stating that the landowner is illegally blocking access to public lands.
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The “GoFundMe” campaign set up to support the hunters, who also face criminal charges of trespass, had raised more than $69,000 as of Thursday.
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Wyoming’s top elected officials voted unanimously to authorize the state to move ahead with a bid for 1 million acres of land and 4 million acres of mineral rights currently owned by Occidental Petroleum.
Outdoor activity in Wyoming contributes a larger share to the state’s economic activity than the majority of states, according to a federal report.
I’m a news hound, and when I come across a topic that interests me, I try to read about that topic from a variety of news sources in attempt to see a range of perspectives. I read news from major media in the United States, Europe, Russia, and Turkey on a regular basis. Every few days I hear or read statements that give me pause. I am routinely perplexed at reporters allowing these statements to go unchallenged – not even questioning the veracity of the claims being made.
Seattle-based Egan writes of “out in the way beyond” of “a vast kingdom now being used to hasten the demise of the planet.” As a rural resident in Wyoming (our nation’s least populated state), I live in the “way beyond” Egan writes about, but I know that the Big Empty isn’t empty. It is home to thriving human and animal communities. We may have more elk and livestock on the landscape than people, but that’s the way we like it. We are the stewards of America’s public lands.