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Most signs that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department install cost around $35 per square foot. Game and Fish spends roughly $35,000 each year on signs that have been vandalized. When a sign has to be reinstalled because of vandalism it takes time and money away from other projects that benefit wildlife, fish or their habitats.  

 

a metal sign that is illegible from bullet holesEvery time people purchase a conservation stamp or license for fishing or hunting, they are helping pay for various programs that support fish or wildlife. Signs are one of these programs that assist hunters, anglers and other wildlife users in the field. Shooting signs or vandalizing them in other ways is irresponsible, illegal and frustrating for someone attempting to read an informational sign. 

Please help the Wyoming Game and Fish and other partners stop these crimes. To report vandalism or the misuse of a public access area or wildlife habitat management area, call your local game warden, local law enforcement, or the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP. Purchasing a conservation stamp supports wildlife too. You can buy one online now.

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Photo: This is a 4’ x 5’ sign that was installed and shot up less than 10 months later.  It cost $750 to replace the sign plus employee labor this is paid for by hunters, anglers and others who buy licenses and stamps from Game and Fish.

Jerry Cowles
Laramie Region Habitat and Access Supervisor

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