Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wyoming
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wyoming Project


Migration Assessment

March 2016 - December 2020


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Teton Conservation District
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Wyoming Wildlife Foundation
  • NASA
  • U.S. National Park Serivce
  • Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

In order for ungulate migration corridors to be effectively managed, they must first be mapped with detailed movement data. The Wyoming Unit is continuing its multi-year effort to map migration corridors of elk and other big game in Wyoming, and to develop tools to facilitate the identification and prioritization of threats and opportunities for conservation along migration corridors. Our analytical team has produced the migration corridor maps currently being incorporated into the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s vital habitat program. Our initial corridor maps have also formed the scientific basis of multiple efforts to conserve private lands that intersect with migration corridors in northwest Wyoming. These products represent a new way of managing elk and other big game herds in Wyoming. They are already increasing awareness and interest in Wyoming’s elk migrations, while also acting as tools to guide on-the-ground management and conservation projects now and for years to come.