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The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which consists of 23 states and Canadian provinces, recognized the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission as its commission of the year at its meeting in Reno Monday night.

“We are honoring Wyoming’s commission this year because of its success in addressing some of the nation’s most challenging wildlife management issues,” said Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Executive Secretary Larry Kruckenberg.

Scott Talbott, Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, says the commission was applauded for its leadership on numerous issues, including everything from funding and budget cuts to working on regulations with gray wolves and grizzly bear delisting.

"The award is not given on an annual basis, it's only provided when the awards committee at the Western Association feels that it's justified," said Talbott. "So it's a huge honor to recognize the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission for their accomplishments."

The seven-member commission, which is the policy body for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, was appointed by Governor Matt Mead and confirmed by the Wyoming Senate. Each member serves a single six-year term.