Wildlife hazards removed from game habitat

Jul 23, 2017 From staff reports

Ten volunteers headed up Windy Mountain outside of Dubois to remove old barbed wire fencing from important wildlife habitat July 15. The project was led by the National Bighorn Sheep Center in coordination with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The old barbed-wire fencing has been down along the ground and unused for decades within the Whiskey Mountain Wildlife Habitat Management Area. Approximately 1,000 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep winter in this area, along with elk, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope.

Removing the old wire was aimed at prevent wildlife, especially young animals, from getting tangled up in the wire, causing injury or death. The crew worked together on the warm summer morning to remove approximately two pickup loads of wire and old metal fence posts.

"We are so grateful for the volunteer support we had for this project," said Sara Domek, executive director of the National Bighorn Sheep Center. "It is satisfying and fulfilling to see the wire rolled up and the habitat enhanced to allow for safer wildlife movement. We offer many volunteer opportunities such as this, and we could not do this work without volunteers and membership contributions. We're especially grateful to the 10 Country Chapter of the Muley Fanatic Foundation as well as the Never Sweat Recreation Board for grants supporting this and other upcoming stewardship and educational events."

The National Bighorn Sheep Center regularly hosts volunteer opportunities that include habitat assessment and wildlife captures. If interested in future projects, contact Sara at 307-455-3429.

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