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Rancher compensation bill for hungry elk rises from ashes as proposed rule change

State agency proposes regulation change to address damage to dry rangelands in the wake of a controversial bill's death

When grass on private land intended for livestock gets munched first by elk - and other big game - wildlife managers are taking steps to better compensate ranchers left with hungry animals.

A proposed Wyoming Game and Fish Department regulation change came about because of elk populations that have exceeded state goals and caused landowners problems, said Craig Smith, the agency's deputy chief of wildlife.

"It's reached a point where we do feel like we need to do something a little bit extra in order to...address the issue," Smith told WyoFile. "We need to try to do what we can to alleviate th...