G&F: Catch a burbot, earn 10 clams

LANDER – Anglers who catch burbot, or “ling”, in lakes of the upper Wind River Basin are being asked to participate in a new study by returning information on tagged fish they catch, and earn some money in return. This fall, researchers tagged over 700 burbot in six different lakes. Those lakes are: Torrey, Ring, and Trail Lakes; Upper and Lower Dinwoody Lakes; and Bull Lake. More tagging is planned for the fall of 2012 and 2013.Tags are blaze orange and are attached between the first and second dorsal fin. If a tagged burbot is caught, anglers should clip off the tag and place it in a tag return envelope. Tagged fish do not need to be harvested in order to return the tag for a reward. Signs describing the project are posted at each lake along with boxes containing tag return envelopes. Anglers should place the reward tag in the envelope and fill out the information requested on the back. The following information is requested: 1) date fish was caught, 2) lake fish was caught in, 3) fish length, 4) whether the fish was harvested or released, and 5) a name and mailing address in order to receive a $10 reward.Tags can be returned one of three ways: 1) in a completed tag return envelope and returned via mail (envelopes are pre-addressed); 2) dropped off in person at either the Wind River Reservation Fish & Game office in Ethete, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Lander, or the Wyoming Game & Fish office in Lander; or 3) the 10 digit code printed on each reward tag can be entered online at montana.edu/burbot.The study is designed to determine the effects of exploitation and gather detailed information on population abundance, size structure, and population growth. The cooperative study is being conducted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapahoe Tribes, and the USGS Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit-Montana State University.

Burbot populations are receiving more attention from fisheries managers across their range. This stems from both a declining trend in burbot stocks and an increase in angler interest. Population declines have been attributed to a variety of factors, such as pollution, habitat alteration, and exploitation. Burbot are native to the Wind River drainage and these populations represent the southwestern extent of their natural range.

Police blotter: County arrests; chimney fire in Dubois

The overnight law enforcement reports included a mix of arrests, property damage vehicle crashes and animal incidents:At the Riverton Police Department, 20-year-old Raymond McKing was arrested and charged with Assault resulting from a domestic dispute that was called into police at one minute past Midnight Tuesday. According to an RPD report, the man had injured himself during a self mutilation attempt and tried to prevent another person in the home from calling for assistance. McKing was transported to the Fremont County Detention Center, and then to Lander Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries, and then returned to jail.The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department reported two arrests in the last 24 hours. Michael Downey, 25, Shoshoni was arrested on a Probation Revocation and Robert Behan, 18, Riverton was picked up on a Breach of Peace.

Deputies referred one case of animal abuse to the Wyoming State Livestock Board on Monday. A complaint received at the dispatch center indicated that a number of horses were starving at a location near Riverton, and that at least one of the horses kept there had died. An investigation is underway. Several other animal problems were reported to deputies yesterday, including a wandering cow and a big swine at large near Lander. Two deer versus vehicle incidents were reported, both in the Dubois area ,with no injuries reported to the drivers or passengers. The deer, however, were not as lucky.

Wyoming Men’s BB win streak ends at nine; DU wins 57-46

Redshirt junior forward Leonard Washingtontied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team lost a 57-46 contest at Denver on Monday night in Magness Arena.The Cowboys (11-2) tied the Pioneers (9-2) at 32-32 with nine minutes left, but struggled on the offensive end down the stretch to snap their nine-game winning streak.UW exchanged the lead with DU seven times through the contest, including a 32-32 tie with 8:57 left, but the Pioneers held the Cowboys to just four free throws over the next six minutes to craft a 14-4 run. The Denver spurt was capped by two-straight threes and put DU firmly in control, 46-36, with 3:04 left. UW would hit just two more buckets the rest of the game, as Denver cruised from there.

“Leonard [Washington] and Adam [Waddell] really were competitive in the last seven minutes tonight,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “I think us getting it inside kept us in the game for the last seven minutes, but we missed some open shots inside that ended up sinking us. We were good inside, but we just couldn’t get open on the outside to keep our offense balanced. I feel like that is on me because I couldn’t find ways to get our kids open tonight.”