The WYldlife Fund provided our friends at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation with 16 trail cameras and associated supplies in early 2021! Specifically the JHWF will use our donation of trail cameras and supplies to improve and evaluate the work of their Wildlife Friendlier Fence and Give Wildlife a Brake programs. Utilizing trail cameras pre- and post- project implementation, they will monitor fence removals and modifications, wildlife crossings and structures, and levee ramp builds for their effectiveness of safely moving wildlife around the landscape.
The WYldlife Fund is proud to stand beside our good friends and owner of Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures Taylor Phillips in the creation and launch of Wildlife Tourism For Tomorrow. Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow is Taylor’s vision and inspires businesses and individuals who depend upon Wyoming’s Wildlife to help fund on-the ground projects that make a difference. Join us in this movement that puts 100% of revenue directly into projects you select and support our shared wildlife legacy today.
We know that hunters and anglers traditionally fund the great majority of wildlife projects. Wildlife Tourism For Tomorrow seeks to tap into the wildlife watching and recreation economy across Wyoming in order to bring more resources to bear in order to fund critical wildlife habitat and research projects. Learn more here!
The WYldlife Fund has been delighted to partner and support the Absaroka Fence Initiative. Working in cooperation with willing landowners and land managers, Absaroka Fence Initiative aims to ensure fences are functional for livestock management and wildlife movement across the landscape through on the ground projects, public workdays and outreach to the community.
On December 5 2020, fifteen participants with the Absaroka Fence Initiative showed up to modify a one mile section of barbed wire fence, making it more wildlife friendly while still serving the purpose of containing cattle within their grazing lands. The WYldlife Fund was proud to both volunteer and help sponsor this first of many projects by AFI.
The WYldlife Fund is proud and determined to invest in aquatic habitat just as much as terrestrial habitat. In late 2020, The WYldlife Fund provided a $1,250 to the Laramie Region of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in order to install boot cleaning stations for fisherman. These boot cleaning stations help prevent deadly Aquatic Invasive Species from entering our streams and rivers!
The Williams Foundation has made a generous contribution of $10,000 to The WYldlife Fund. This gift is being used to issue our first grant which will be used to install wildlife friendly fencing at the Red Rim-Grizzly Wildlife Habitat Management Area.
The Red Rim-Grizzly Wildlife Habitat Management (WHMA) Area is located 38 miles south of Rawlins, WY and consists of 38,218 acres of Commission owned land, Office of State Lands and Investment as well as Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property. As a patchwork of property, the WHMA is managed by both the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the BLM who work cooperatively to maintain and enhance habitat and continue livestock grazing. The WHMA transitions fluidly from riparian meadows to sprawling sagebrush uplands that interweaves with tangles of mountain shrubs and lush aspen stands. The WHMA is particularly important to the mule deer, elk, and antelope that make Red Rim-Grizzly their home. They spend the spring, summer, and fall months using the area to raise their fawns and calves as well as find forage to restore their fat reserves needed for winter. Black bears also frequent the thick serviceberry stands, readying for winter; while sage grouse meander through the riparian meadows and neighboring sagebrush in summer and early fall months when brooding and rearing their chicks. The many streams that feed this bustling habitat are home to the Colorado Cutthroat Trout and native non-game fish.
There are approximately eighty-eight (88) miles of fence surrounding and within the unit that facilitate active grazing management. Of these eighty-eight (88) miles, there are roughly thirty-five (35) miles of non-wildlife friendly fencing of either six-strand wire or woven wire sheep fence. This fencing poses significant hazard to wildlife and restricts wildlife movement across a vital landscape that provides critical seasonal and life stage habitats. Converting these fences not only ensures access and movement across this landscape, but also assists in the implementation of the WHMA’s grazing management plan by keeping livestock in appropriate pastures during the grazing season. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department along with its partners actively strive to convert two (2) to five (5) miles of fence each year through contracts, grazing cooperator agreements, volunteers, and employees. All fences are converted to a four strand (three-barbed one smooth) wildlife friendly specification unless terrain or other factors dictate otherwise. When terrain demands such changes, another wildlife friendly option will be used. The generous gift of $10,000 from The Williams Foundation to The WYldlife Fund will be used towards these valuable and needed fence conversions.