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Do Game Wardens Need More Power?

A draft bill in the Wyoming legislature is proposing to give more authority to Wyoming game wardens in issuing trespass citations. As it stands currently a Wyoming sheriff’s deputy must issue trespass citations. In Wyoming this can be cumbersome to say the least as quite often sheriff’s deputies can take over an hour to respond to the scene of an infraction due to the state’s extremely rural nature. 

To be clear, the proposed legislation would only grant citation abilities to wardens when a person is “traveling through” private property without permission. This is intended to steer clear of the current “corner-crossing” issue in Wyoming as traveling through would be defined as physically occupying the surface area of private property. 

So, my question to you… Is this proposed legislation a good thing or do game wardens already possess all the power they need? 

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  1. Let it rip! Trespassing is trespassing if a person is doing so they should pay the fines.

  2. The game and fish needs to stick to wildlife. Let the landowners manage their own land.

  3. Game Wardens attend the WLEA (Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy), as do all law enforcement officers in Wyoming. As pointed out in your article, often times a deputy is responding from a significant distance, or may be unavailable altogether due to others calls for service or employee shortages.
    Game Wardens are able to issue citations for other violations.
    The trespassing citation provides an avenue to get the violator identified, and before a judge to work toward a resolution.
    It seems totally reasonable, to me, for Game Wardens to have the ability to issue a citation for trespassing.

  4. The wardens have enough to do without having to do the landowner’s job for them. Call the Sheriff, it’s their job. Not the G&F.

  5. Here in the Texas, the Game Warden is a State Police officer with all the responsibilities that come with that job. Any where from issuing citations for traffic violations to, yes, Trespass citations, DUI, BUI, game law violation and even immigration law violations. So, yes, turn the Wyoming boys on the tresspassers!

    • Well, what works in Texas should stay in Texas. Wyoming wardens have a full plate right now, without adding more duties.

  6. Game wardens have enough to do trying to enforce game laws never mind enforcing trespass for absentee rich landowners. Poaching is far more serious than most believe and it takes a lot of effort to catch the serious poachers that are impacting wildlife populations.

  7. We’ve become a police state with our freedoms eroding each and every day and people want to give even more power to the state – nuts. Post no trespassing signs. Politely inform intruders on your land they’re not suppose to be there but make certain you have a side arm just like the sheriff department.They’ll get the message. It’s not that hard and I’d ask how do you think land owners dealt with this issue 50 yrs ago?

  8. In some states Game Wardens are also STATE POLICE with full Police authority all States should be the same

  9. Yes, they should be able to issue trespassing citations. Often times the violation is being committed by a person hunting or fishing and the warden has either already been called or is already on scene. It makes no sense to me for a warden to have to call another law enforcement officer to do something that the warden certainly has the knowledge and ability to enforce.

  10. Are WY GW’s state certified peace officers? Is yes, they already have the authority to cite trespass. Is there is a policy in WGF that doesn’t let them cite? Policies are easy to change. The reader must understand there are two types of trespass: Criminal Trespass and Hunting on Private Land Without Permission. In CO our officers routinely write the latter and by policy let Sheriff’s departments handle the former. Again, just a policy but one they can write it required.

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