The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission met earlier this week in Thermopolis in order to make decisions for wildlife conservation in Wyoming.

The Commission approved a lease to manage 3,076 acres within the Pilot Hill land project. Pilot Hill is a community-driven effort that acquired 7,086 acres of land for recreation, habitat conservation, and aquifer protection.

The new Game and Fish lease will create an additional wildlife habitat management area (WHMA) in Albany County that provides critical habitat for elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and numerous other species of conservation need.

Pilot Hill is made up of two sections and connects over 65,000 acres of National Forest and State Lands. One section is a recreation corridor consisting of planned recreational trails. The second is the crucial wildlife habitat portion with limited trail development.

Beginning in fall 2021, the new Game and Fish Pilot Hill WHMA will allow for hunting opportunities in the area.

The next Commission meeting is November 17-18 in Buffalo. A recording of the meeting will be available on the Commission website in the coming days.

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