In February 2019 the Wyoming Game and Fish Dept. held seven, public meetings around the state to hear citizens’ views on protecting wildlife migration corridors. At the Pinedale meeting, Sublette residents spoke unanimously in favor of ungulate migration corridor designation.
But the Petroleum Assn. of Wyoming and others oppose migration corridor protections. They pressured the State to form a “working group”, called the Migration Corridor Advisory Group, to forge a compromise in the guise of collaboration.
In Sublette County, oil and gas development was linked to a 36% decline in mule deer abundance over a 17-year study period, despite aggressive and expensive mitigation efforts and a 45% reduction in deer harvest. In addition, the Sublette pronghorn antelope herd has declined by ~60% over the last decade!
If you agree that we can no longer afford to accept a compromise for our mule deer and pronghorn herds, please write to the Governor and Wyoming Game and Fish personnel in support of the WGFD Migration Corridor Strategy.
No more compromises for our precious wildlife! Support WGFD efforts to map, conserve and protect these vital pathways for healthy herds. Our wildlife is worth it.