The Wyoming Outdoor Council’s wildlife program focuses on conserving Wyoming’s rich wildlife heritage. The Council works to protect habitat, disseminate scientifically sound information, and sustain healthy wildlife populations. In particular, we work to ensure that energy development is conducted responsibly to minimize its harm to wildlife.
Wyoming’s abundant and spectacular wildlife faces a growing array of threats. Widespread and intensive energy development, rangeland conversion to subdivisions and other uses, long-term regional drought, invasions by exotic species, and a host of additional factors have eliminated, fragmented, and degraded habitat. In addition, global climate change is altering landscapes in the state and is isolating and threatening some populations of animals. The Council is working on issues related to wildlife impacts from wind energy development, greater sage-grouse and sagebrush ecosystems, forest carnivores, Wyoming’s endemic species, migration corridors, and wildlife diseases, including those exacerbated by elk feedgrounds.