After a three-year delay in implementing Wyoming’s big game migration protection policy, some members of Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce have urged wildlife managers to take action.
On December 14 in Cheyenne, the group held their final meeting. Sen. Larry Hicks (R-Baggs) expressed his frustrations stating, “We’re missing opportunities. It frustrates me to no end to sit here and say we have to have the best available science when we can’t afford [it] for every single wildlife population or corridor in the state of Wyoming. We’re going to miss a lot of opportunities and we’re going to develop some critical areas for wildlife.”
Over the course of two years, the taskforce has met to discuss policies related to hunting opportunity and sportsperson access. While migration corridors were not discussed, they appeared on the agenda at the meeting.
The Sublette pronghorn migration is a well-known corridor in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The northern sections have been protected since 2008 while it’s southern sections have been delayed.
Wyoming is a leader in identifying numerous big game migration routes across the state. From 2016 to 2018, progress was made when mule migration routes were designated in the Green River Basin, Platte Valley, and the Baggs area. But in 2019, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was approached by industry groups about developing a process that addressed their interests. Migration designations have been at a standstill ever since.
The pronghorn migration route waiting designation is commonly used to migrate the Green River basin and beyond- including to Jackson Hole via the well-known “Path of the Pronghorn” The route is being destroyed by private land development exempt from Wyoming’s migration order. Due to threats like natural gas fields and solar energy development, public land portions are also damaging it.
Fish and Game Director, Brian Nesvik, called the process “a tight balancing act.” For now, the goal is to encourage Game and Fish to be transparent and open regarding this migration designation.
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