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Wyoming Game and Fish Department

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is requesting public comments on its latest plan that evaluates the status of the state’s most threatened species.

Biologists have been using the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) that was developed in 2010 to study everything from mollusks to sage grouse. Game and Fish planning coordinator Glenn Pauley said the purpose of these strategies is to preempt endangered species listings by identifying threats and population declines early.

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust has awarded about nine million dollars in grants for conservation projects around the state. The projects range from river restoration projects to conservation easements, where landowners bar future development on their property.

Bob Budd with the Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust says two particularly interesting projects are being done with the help of energy companies. Shell Oil is working on sage grouse habitat near Farson, and around Wamsutter, BP is aiming to e

nhance wildlife habitat in general.