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Highway Underpasses Provide Safe Crossings

Summer 2012, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Fund, and Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative worked together to install a second highway underpass with associated fencing on Highway 789 just north of Baggs, Wyoming. The two underpasses enable mule deer to traverse the highway as they migrate from the Sierra Madre Mountain Range to their winter range in the Hiawatha area southwest of Rock Springs, Wyoming, near the Wyoming/Colorado state line. A boom in the oil and gas industry has brought additional traffic to the area. In 2007, 183 deer fatalities caused by vehicular collisions occurred along this stretch of Highway 789. In 2012, use of the underpasses reduced deer fatalities to approximately 40. Other animals also benefit from these underpasses; wildlife cameras have documented use by elk, coyotes, and bobcats. For more information, please view the WGFD’s video on www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrQB6n07vKM.

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Partnerships Provide for Better Brood Habitat
  • Wild Horses running near Buckhorn Flowing Well.

Partnerships Provide for Better Brood Habitat - Local companies and volunteers, recognizing the need to conserve sage-grouse, improve brood-rearing habitat while maintaining a water source for livestock on the Eighteen Mile Allotment. -...

Fish Passage Project Improving Habitat
  • Head of Gooseberry Creek

The Gooseberry Fish Passage Project is one of the first steps in an ongoing effort to improve the Sage Creek watershed and increase the range and population of Colorado River cutthroat trout (CRCT) as well as aquatic and riparian habitat within the...

Swift Ranch Trumpeter Swan Summer Habitat Enhancement
  • Photograph showing swan ponds

A nearly 6-acre wetland pond was excavated along the river corridor within a major swan flyway to provide additional shallow water foraging and nesting habitat. These types of shallow water wetlands are extremely rare in southwestern Wyoming. These...