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WYO "Dinner Menu" Snubbed by Wildlife?

February 6, 2007

Sportsman's groups, ranchers and conservation organizations are recommending a "new menu" for Wyoming's deer and elk as the state considers how much to invest in wildlife habitat conservation. Years of drought and fire suppression have changed the types of plants that animals eat in many parts of the state and plans are underway to restore habitats to their origins.

Ben Lamb, with the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, says seven years of drought, plus decades of preventing fires from burning naturally, have changed the landscape into an uninviting "restaurant" for wildlife. He says rehabilitation, such as planting native grasses and trees, is needed on a large scale.

"You look at this almost on a watershed, or ecosystem-wide basis, in order to see what effects you can have improving forage for any number of species."

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, has requested about nine million dollars worth of rehabilitation and conservation, and most projects have not been funded. Lamb says making the land healthy again would benefit not only big game, but would ensure clean water and improve livestock grazing areas.

"What you end up doing by treating a larger space is improving forage for any number of species, sage grouse, horny toads, or pygmy rabbits."

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - WY