CHEYENNE (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has signed a bill into law that was originally intended to encourage bison hunting but which was expanded to include money to fight possible federal gun control efforts.
Mead approved the bill late Thursday.
The original bison bill would lift the current restriction that limits hunters to one cow bison license in their lifetime. The Wyoming Senate tacked on an amendment appropriating $250,000 for possible legal action if necessary against federal gun control.
Mead says he supports both elements of the bill, but has concerns that it may not be constitutional to join them.
If the bill is challenged, Mead says he hopes the state Game and Fish Commission will address the bison issue while he will make sure the state stands ready to protect gun rights.