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Upper Southfork conifer removal project benefits bighorn sheep and other wildlife

September 24, 2018
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Cody - Recently, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Shoshone National Forest completed a conifer removal project on public land south of Cody.   

A private contractor and Shoshone National Forest crews removed juniper and other conifers using chainsaws from 220 acres of crucial winter range for bighorn sheep, elk and mule deer on the upper Southfork.  The objective of the project was to eliminate conifers encroaching into sagebrush/grassland habitats.  As conifers increase they out-compete sagebrush and grasses, critical forage components for wintering big game.  Additionally, bighorn sheep generally avoid areas of conifer encroachment because of reduced visibility. 

The project was funded by Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Shoshone National Forest and Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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