Wyoming seeks comments on antelope migration corridor
Do you want to weigh in on Wyoming’s Sublette antelope migration corridor? The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) will be holding a series of meetings to gather public comments and discuss the proposed migration corridor and threat evaluation, according to the agency.
“The meetings are an opportunity for the public and stakeholders to be directly involved in discussions about migrations in Wyoming,” said Doug Brimeyer, WGFD deputy chief of wildlife. “Local information and knowledge is key to understanding antelope movement and is essential in the review process of the draft map.”
Meetings will be held:
- Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Pinedale
- Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. in Green River
- Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in Jackson
Current GPS data collected from over 415 individually collared antelope has documented a migration path that is 360 miles round-trip as they migrate from summer ranges in the foothills of the Wyoming Range, Bondurant and Jackson Hole to their lower-elevation winter ranges near Pinedale, Green River and Rock Springs. This migration path travels through federal, state and private lands. By identifying and developing the threat evaluation for this migration corridor, WGFD is taking the first step outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order.
“Moving forward in the process is an important step in managing vital antelope habitat in western Wyoming,” said Brimeyer. “With the identification of the corridor, additional funding opportunities become available for conservation based projects on private and public lands to treat invasive annual grasses, improve range fences to wildlife-friendly standards and other proactive management actions.”
The deadline to submit public comments is Jan. 5, 2024. You can submit them online or mail them to the Pinedale Regional Game and Fish Office, PO Box 850, Pinedale, WY 82941.