“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Thayne in Lincoln County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Wyoming's Wildlife

Star Valley

Wyoming's Wildlife Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, May 19, 2015
1. Wyoming's Wildlife Marker
Inscription. Often termed the star of all valleys, the Shoshone Indians referred to the valley as a "heap fine hunting ground." Unusually high precipitation and topographic features make the Salt River Valley one of the most productive and diverse of all wildlife areas found in Wyoming. Sandhill cranes, Canada geese, ruffed grouse, and bald eagles are among the birds nesting in the area. The valleys of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Star Valley, are important waterfowl production areas for western North America. In 1987, trumpeter swans were transplanted to the valley from Montana and since have wintered here.

Protection and improvement of the streambanks and wetlands along the river for both fish and wildlife resources are important to the area and its people. The big game animals summering and wintering in the mountains and foothills surrounding the valley provide some of the best hunting in Wyoming. Trophy elk, mule deer and moose abound in the rugged mountains of the Caribou, Salt, Wyoming and Palisades ranges. Thousands of visitors are attracted to this scenic area to hunt and fish or observe and enjoy wildlife in its wild surroundings -- a testimonial that Wyoming's wildlife is a precious commodity for the state and its citizenry.
Erected by The Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Location. 42° 53.2′ N, 110° 59.53′ W. Marker is near Thayne, Wyoming, in Lincoln County. Marker is on U.S. 89 0.2 miles north of Strawberry Creek Road (County Route 126), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Wyoming State-Run rest area, near the restrooms. Marker is in this post office area: Thayne WY 83127, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Agriculture under the Stars (a few steps from this marker); First Post Office (approx. 2 miles away); Pioneer Historic Byway (approx. 8.7 miles away in Idaho); The Baker Cabin (approx. 9.9 miles away); Star Valley (approx. 11 miles away); Mormons in Star Valley (approx. 11.6 miles away); Afton Wyoming (approx. 11.6 miles away); Tincup Creek (approx. 11.6 miles away in Idaho). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thayne.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2015, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 23 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 22, 2015, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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