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Wyoming welcomes western wildlife managers

This July, biologists, law-enforcement, administrators and many others from western fish and wildlife agencies will meet in Cody, Wyoming.

7/18/2016 12:13:34 PM

Cheyenne - This July, biologists, law-enforcement, administrators and many others from western fish and wildlife agencies will meet in Cody, Wyoming. The annual meeting of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is hosted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Known as WAFWA, the group comes together to build partnerships to conserve native wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens.

“The WAFWA partnerships greatly benefit citizens of the west. Our fish and wildlife resources are treasured. The resources improve the quality of life and attract hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers who contribute significantly to the economy,” said Scott Talbott, director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and president of WAFWA. “WAFWA is a collaborative means to work together to continue improving our wildlife management.”

This year’s conference theme is “Forever Wild. Forever West. Pardners in Conservation.” In this spirit, sessions will address collaborative opportunities and uniting conservation efforts on topics such as wild sheep, mule deer, and sagebrush. Session topics also include enhancing interagency communications, including tribal governments and private land access.

“It’s a great opportunity to host WAFWA in our state where some of the best wildlife resides,” said Talbott. “We in the West are leaders in conservation, and I look forward to the conversations and opportunities that will occur because of this event.”

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies represents 23 states and Canadian provinces, an area covering nearly 3.7 million square miles of some of North America's most wild and scenic country. WAFWA's reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. The event is paid for by the generosity of donors and supporters.

(Wyoming Game and Fish (307) 777-4600)

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