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

Wyoming Project

Great gray owl habitat selection and home range characteristics during the breeding and post-fledging periods

November 2017 - June 2023


Participating Agencies

  • Wyoming Governor's Big Game License Coalition
  • Wyoming Game & Fish Department
  • UW-Biodiversity Institute
  • Teton Conservation District
  • Grand Teton Association
  • Meg & Burt Raynes Wildlife Fund
  • UW-National Parks Service

The Great Gray Owl is a species of conservation concern in Wyoming, and associated with older-aged, boreal forest habitats which are affected by wildfire, disease and beetle outbreaks, drought, climate change, logging and development. Very little is known, however, about Great Gray Owl habitat requirements and territory size during the nesting and post-fledging periods. The primary project partners are the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Teton Raptor Center, with cooperation from the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. Information generated from the study will significantly enhance the state's ability to address the unknown aspects of the species' biology, update the species’ account in the State Wildlife Action Plan, and provide insight for the implementation of future monitoring efforts and management strategies.