KENDALL VALLEY – Hunters and fishermen alike pulled up to the edge of Kendall Valley with fencing pliers and gloves with the aim of clearing over a mile of barbed wire fencing in the area on June 15.
The downed barbed wire on the edge of the Bridger-Teton National Forest was a hinderance to movements of ungulates like the high-country antelope populations, moose locals and mule deer that migrate from the alpine near Tosi Creek to the sagebrush.
Of course, on that on path lay roadways, fences and subdivisions.
Volunteers did their part, working in tandem with the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, to remove three-strand, unused and entangled barbed wire in order for wildlife to move more easily.
“We often work on long-term policy and legislation to help the future of Wyoming’s wildlife, and that’s what makes these kinds of projects so fun,” Wyoming Wildlife Federation Executive Director Dwayne Meadows said. “We gathered a few people and in just a short time volunteers made a major impact on the habitat and future wildlife moving through there.”
The effort was coordinated with the national forest and Wyoming Game and Fish, as well as local landowners along the edge of the forest. Rob Tolley, a resident of Kendall Valley, said he worked with over 30 landowners to allow passage through property and access to areas in order to pull the fencing out.
The effort last weekend was apart of a larger effort among nonprofits.