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Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Wyoming - A Fortress for Wildlife

Wyoming - A Fortress for Wildlife Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
1. Wyoming - A Fortress for Wildlife Marker
Inscription.  It is not happenstance that Wyoming hosts a wealth of our nation's wildlife resource. Early explorers wrote descriptions of the buffalo, "... blackening the plains as far as the eye could see. The pronghorn antelope were as numerous as the buffalo."
         The rush to the West increased in tempo in the late 1800's. The game herds seemed limitless and settlers took their wildlife for granted. Buffalo, antelope, elk and mountain sheep became nearly extinct by 1900. Market hunters, taking hides and meat, took their toll on a dwindling wildlife resource. In the Wyoming Territory, the first game laws were passed when the territory became a state.
         It became apparent that in such a vast land, a game and fish enforcement staff was needed to protect and manage the State's wildlife resource.
         In 1927, the Wyoming legislature organized the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to manage the state's wildlife resource.
         After many years of law enforcement, state of the art wildlife management, habitat protection and habitat enhancement, Wyoming once again hosts a wealth of wildlife. Wyoming's wildlife management
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programs are funded principally from hunting and fishing license dollars.
         Like Fort Steele, an early fortress for man, the people of Wyoming and her Game and Fish Department have created a permanent fortress for wildlife--part of the formula for keeping Wyoming's wildlife wild.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
Location. 41° 45.18′ N, 106° 57.057′ W. Marker is near Sinclair, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from Old Highway, 0.1 miles east of County Road 347, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the I-80 rest area at Exit 228 which is accessible to both eastbound and westbound traffic. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sinclair WY 82334, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Fred Steele (within shouting distance of this marker); Ranching Central (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Powder Magazine (approx. 1½ miles away); Fenimore Chatterton (approx. 1½ miles away); A Tourist's Railroad (approx. 1½ miles away); Early Construction (approx. 1½ miles away); Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sinclair.
More about this marker.
Wyoming - A Fortress for Wildlife Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
2. Wyoming - A Fortress for Wildlife Marker
The marker, part of the "Wyoming's Wildlife--Worth the Watching" series, is funded in a large part through interest earned from the Wildlife Trust Account.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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