Wyoming’s wildlife and highways are both important to the state’s economy and heritage, but they often come into conflict. This does not need to be the case.
Wildlife crossings connect with a vast amount of issues which we confront in conserving our wildlife. The connectivity between wildlife crossings and migration corridors, healthy wildlife populations and the safety of drivers on our roadways is paramount to realize as we set forth on this all important mission.
Challenges & Opportunities
Identifying and Prioritizing Opportunities for Mitigation
Proven and cost-effective strategies exist to mitigate wildlife and roadway conflicts. A locally-driven process has generated an action plan for Wyoming. Funding is a critical component in the implementation of this action plan and is essential in moving forward to benefit the safety of Wyoming’s motorists and wildlife.
Putting Words Into Action and Delivering Results
The WYldlife Fund has helped raise $377,028.78 to send to the I-25 Wildlife Crossing Project. These contributions have been made possible by numerous partners throughout Wyoming and the United States! This stretch of highway between Buffalo and Kaycee is the second deadliest stretch of roadway for mule deer in the state. This cost effective project will act as a model for other projects like it across the west, as existing agriculture underpasses are being utilized to provide safe passage for wildlife crossing the busy highway. Approximately 18 miles of fencing will be installed to funnel wildlife to these existing agriculture underpasses. A camera study has proven these existing underpasses to be successful currently, as wildlife already navigate them and by installing fencing this success rate should sky rocket even higher and virtually eliminate wildlife being hit on this stretch of highway.
Thanks to the Outdoor Fund (Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s) along with the Knobloch Family Foundation, we presented $225,000 to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission for the I-25 Project in July of 2021!
The Knobloch Family Foundation was one of the first major partners to step up with funding assistance for the I-25 (Buffalo to Kaycee) Wildlife Crossing Project in 2020. This $100,000, like all donations through The WYldlife Fund for this important project, are being matched 1:1 by our friends at the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust (WWNRT). This wonderful partnership with WWNRT doubles the impact for donors and has helped to fully fund this important project which will be under construction in 2022.
On July 31st, 2021 at the Buffalo Golf Golf Club, The WYldlife Fund teamed up with our friends at the Muley Fanatic Foundation to host the first annual Golf For Wildlife outing. 100% of funds raised were dedicated to the I-25 Kaycee to Buffalo Wildlife Crossing Project. With 4 corporate sponsors (Cobalt, Maven, Weatherby and Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association), 20 hole sponsors and 68 players the event was deemed a great success. A grand total of $7,028.78 was raised for this important crossing project between Kaycee and Buffalo.
Golf for Wildlife
1-25 Kaycee to Buffalo Project
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS