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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department spent several months working with the public and stakeholders to develop a strategy for conserving ungulate migration corridors. The culmination of that inclusive process was a vote by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to adopt the strategy at their Janurary 2016 Commission meeting. Migration corridors are considered vital under Commission policy and the vote adds key components of corridors, bottlenecks and stop-over areas, to this classification.
The migration corridor strategy includes proactive measures to conserve migration routes by examining potential threats and having Game and Fish and partners review and comment on projects on a case-by-case basis.
“We really appreciate the time and resources that people and organizations across Wyoming put into helping create this strategy,” said Scott Talbott, Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “The strategy will help us identify the ways we can conserve migration corridors, which are vital for conserving mule deer, elk and pronghorn.”
The migration corridors of ungulates like mule deer, pronghorn and elk in Wyoming are some of the longest in North America. Over the past several years, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and other researchers have continued studying the migration of big game animals and, with its Commission and partners, Game and Fish has highlighted the need to conserve the documented routes.
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Wyoming's Mule Deer Initiative
At the July 2015 Game and Fish
Commission meeting, the Commission voted unanimously to make significant investments in projects to benefit mule deer populations throughout the state.
For several years, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the public have collaborated to develop ways to best support and manage key mule deer herds. The Commission approved up to $500,000 in each of five new areas including several mule deer herds over the course of the next five years. In the past, Game and Fish has partnered with non-governmental organizations, other state and Federal agencies, private landowners, and others to match those funds. With this new Commission investment the Department will continue to work with these conservation partners to make the largest impact possible to best support Wyoming’s mule deer.
The commitment from the Commission will fund projects developed by the public and local Game and Fish personnel. The Commission will review and approve funding for projects individually.
This is a continuation of work that began in 2007 when the Game and Fish Commission launched the Mule Deer Initiative where members of the public and the Game and Fish worked to develop plans to improve habitat for mule deer in the Wyoming Range and the Platte Valley. The Commission has invested in projects that are the direct result of the close collaboration between Wyoming Game and Fish and the public in these two herds. The Commission looks forward to similar success statewide with this increased investment in this iconic species.