Game Official Gives Boat Inspection Details

Game and Fish officials provided this picture to show how mussels attached to a pair of shoes. (Photo provided)
Game and Fish officials provided this picture to show how mussels attached to a pair of shoes. (Photo provided)

A local game and fish official hopes to clear up some confusion over boat inspections. Leslie Stratmoen has the details.

Bud Stewart of the local Game and Fish office in Sheridan says some folks seem to be confused as to when they need to have their boat inspected, especially if they have launched their boat on the Tongue River Reservoir in Montana.

He went on to say, that’s because the Tongue River Reservoir is governed by Montana regulations, and they are going back into the same body of water. The inspection is needed, he said, if a boater is coming back into Wyoming waterways.

The aquatic invasive species the Game and Fish officials are worried about, he said, are, in particular, the quagga and zebra mussels, which, so far, have been found in the waters of Colorado and Idaho, but have not made their way into Wyoming waters. If they did, he said, the damage could be devastating and cause millions of dollars of damage.

He said inspectors are available at the Port of Entry, north of Sheridan, along Interstate 90, or at the Game and Fish office in Sheridan.

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