Protecting Wyoming’s incredible game populations requires allowing safe movement of animals between summer and winter ranges. Wyoming is home to some of the most impressive migrations in North America, including the longest recorded mule deer migration in the world, the Red Desert to Hoback migration. Development in these migration routes and in crucial winter range have been shown to impact these migrations, reducing access to critical habitat and depleting populations. Both Governor Mead and the Trump administration have made migration corridor protection a priority, but threats remain, including proposed oil and gas leases within corridors. How should Wyoming best balance its need to develop energy while protecting big game herds?
Scale of 1 – 5
1 = Energy companies know how to manage and reduce their impacts on wildlife; the state doesn’t need to regulate their activities.
5 = Wyoming Game and Fish managers should have a strong say in all aspects related to energy development in migration corridors and winter ranges.
CANDIDATE ANSWER: 4
How important is this issue for you?
Scale of 1 – 5
1 = Low Priority
5 = High Priority
CANDIDATE ANSWER: 5
“My District 24, the North and South Forks of the Shoshoni, the Wapiti Valley and the northern half of Yellowstone are in my district. I live 20 miles outside of YNP. I’m confident that Wy G&F can work to preserve a reasonable balance of interests. Wildlife can be highly adaptable if given a chance.”