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Sunshine Wildlife Habitat Management Area

Through the dedicated efforts of the Conservation Fund, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission obtained fee title to the Sunshine Ranch from AMAX Coal Company in 1992. Historically, this area has been grazed by livestock, and hay has been harvested from approximately 200 acres of meadow land. Between 400 and 500 head of elk winter here, making this a very important foraging area.

Topography varies from gentle rolling hills in the east, irrigated meadows in the center, to steep ridges in the west. The main drainage is Florida Creek, which flows north through the area into Sunshine Reservoir. Elevations range from 6,600 feet where Florida Creek enters Sunshine Reservoir, to 7,900 feet at the top of the red ridge at the U.S. Forest Service boundary. The area comprises foothills and basin, with an annual precipitation level between ten and 14 inches.

Sunshine provides important habitat for wildlife, such as mule deer, antelope and moose, as well as many birds and nongame species. North of Greybull River a colony of the last known black-footed ferrets was discovered about ten years ago. The area is open to public access by foot and horseback with a vehicle restriction at the parking area to lessen disturbance to the resources.

Sunshine is closed each year from December 1 through May 31.


 Document URL: http://gf.state.wy.us/html/accessto/whmas/sunshine.asp
Last Modified: August 6, 2008