True to the childhood song, Wyoming range provides a place for the deer and the antelope to play. More surprising is the fact that the state is home to over 600 different wildlife species! Because Wyoming rangelands vary in climate, topography, and vegetation characteristics, many different types of wildlife species are able to survive in the state. From fishing, to hunting, to bird watching, Wyoming has it all. Recognizing that wildlife habitat is an integral part of rangelands, land managers can incorporate several practices that address wildlife needs without compromising other aspects of the operation. The opportunity to enjoy wildlife on state and federal lands also comes with responsibility. Fishing, hunting, wildlife photography, and any other type of wildlife enjoyment require those partaking in these activities to be well aware of any regulations, property boundaries, and wildlife needs relevant to their use.
Wildlife management includes consideration of grazing plans, targeting specific wildlife habitat needs, monitoring, and awareness of the conflicts that occasionally arise between wildlife and other rangeland uses. When implemented properly, wildlife management can be compatible with a number of uses, including livestock grazing, oil and gas development, and other recreation activities. In some cases, a robust wildlife management plan may also create additional enterprise opportunities. Fortunately, there are several resources available for range managers to use when incorporating wildlife management into the overall objectives of the operation.
Enjoying Wyoming Wildlife
There is no doubt that Wyoming has some unique opportunities to take advantage of when it comes to wildlife recreation. While wildlife is an enjoyable aspect of Wyoming rangelands, respecting their habitat is an essential skill for anyone wishing to use wildlife habitat. Our wildlife resources will give you information regarding wildlife needs, identification tips, and fun facts. Knowledge is important not only to enhance your wildlife experience, but also ensure your safety. In addition to respecting wildlife boundaries, we encourage you to respect property boundaries as well. The following links should provide you with the resources necessary to plan your next trip-whether it be hiking, hunting, or fishing.