POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says infestations of mountain pine beetles could force the agency to alter management strategies due to habitat changes when swaths of forests are killed.
In a recent report the agency says hunting opportunities in some areas could be reduced with the loss of trees, hurting the local economy.The report says hunting pressure could increase in areas free of beetles.
The agency also says population objectives for some game species might have to be changed if areas are hit with pine beetles. The report says fallen trees could make access to some areas difficult, but that trees in rivers could provide cover for trout.