About the Study Guide

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Along with its responsibilities to you and the public, the WGFD is equally responsible to the animals and their habitat. This responsibility involves:

  • Improving the amount and quality of the available habitat and then maintaining all species present within the carrying capacity of that habitat
  • Preventing overpopulation by very common species
  • Giving protection to threatened or endangered species

With proper management, the public can continue to use the outdoors (by hunting, fishing, camping, wildlife watching, and enjoying other forms of outdoor recreation) while the wildlife and their habitat are maintained and improved for enjoyment by people in the future.

Wyoming Big Game Population Estimates

Animal 1923* 2000 2010
Pronghorn 13,330 475,156 527,645
Mule Deer 20,330 545,320 427,391
Elk 22,572 105,868 103,810
Moose 3,725 14,400 7,439
Bighorn Sheep 2,585 6,495 5,467
Bison 24 573 927

*First systematic census