Wyo. Lawmaker Seeks to Charge Major Fees for Backcountry Rescues

(JACKSON, Wyo.) – A Wyoming state legislator from Jackson is pursuing a measure that would allow sheriff’s departments to bill people needing backcountry rescues.

Rep. Keith Gingery says he was inspired to propose the measure after a rescue of snowmobilers last year cost Teton County $14,000.

The Wyoming Search and Rescue Council normally reimburse rescues, which are funded by donations and registrations for hunting, fishing, and snowmobile use.

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