The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

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Wildlife Watching Has Been Getting a Free Ride


December 28, 2022

Photo courtesy NPS

Bull moose in Grand Teton National Park.

There's a new initiative in Wyoming that's changing the face of wildlife conservation funding, and it's already seen huge success in its first year.

It's based on the state's startling mountains, rivers filled with fish and forests where bears and wolves roam - everything that makes Wyoming unrivaled.

That wildlife is managed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and 85% of the cost is funded by hunters and anglers. This happens largely through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, as well as taxes on related sporting goods through the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts.


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