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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Converting a Path for Wyoming Elk

Photo courtesy John Walen
Some of the most disturbing sights in the wild are when you come across an animal injured or killed because of some sort of unintentional human-related encounter. Barbed wire fences are among of the biggest culprits out there. The photo to the left shows a bull that met its fate stuck in a barbed wire fence in Idaho. The photo below is of a buck in South Dakota discovered by pheasant hunters who happened to come upon it. These are among the reasons why the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its volunteers are so passionate about clearing migratory routes for elk, deer, antelope and other wildlife.

Photo courtesy Brian
To cite a specific example, RMEF remains part of a continuing collaborative project in south-central Wyoming’s Carbon County to improve wildlife passage and reduce the impact of fences. In 2012, workers toiled to replace and convert 1.1 miles of four-strand, barbed wire mesh fencing to a safer design. They erected three-strand fencing that included a wood post rail-top, two middle strands of barbed wire and a bottom strand of smooth wire. RMEF funds totaling $5,980 paid for the wire used along the western border of what’s called the Pole Canyon Fence Conversion project. That wire will also be used in 2013 to finish up an additional 2-3 miles of fence conversion on the project’s western edge in addition to work along the eastern border.

Wyoming Conservation Corps members (left) and a private landowner (right) clear the path for wildlife

Partners include the Bureau of Land ManagementWyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Governors Big Game License Coalition, Wyoming Conservation Corps and several private landowners. 

Our thanks go out to all of our partners and everyone who cares for and appreciates elk and elk country in Wyoming and across the nation!

1 comment:

  1. Hoping to see more projects like the Pole Canyon Fence Conversion.
    How Bad are Fences for Wildlife: