Land Swap

A view from the top of Muddy Mountain looking over swaths of public and private land.

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Private land in Natrona County that is open to hunters through a state program was vandalized, authorities say.

The owners of Miles Land and Livestock Company told authorities on Oct. 26 that gates were left open, fences were cut and a cabin on the land was shot.

Other unspecified equipment and property was damaged and destroyed, according to a news release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Family of the property owners often stay in the cabin, Natrona County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Shatto said.

The damaged property sits within the Muddy Mountain Hunter Management Area, which is made accessible to the public through the Access Yes program.

The program enables people to hunt deer, elk and antelope on the private land through a partnership with Game and Fish. Hunters can apply for permission to hunt on the land.

The Game and Fish Department does not believe that the vandalism was the work of authorized hunters, according to the news release.

“The landowner has provided access to hunters for years, and we will do whatever we can to help find who did this to their property,” Casper Region Wildlife Supervisor Brian Olsen said in the release. “While we know hunters are not responsible for these actions, we do know that many hunters use this area and may be able to help.”

People with information on the incident can contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at 307-473-3400 or the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office at 307-235-9282.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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