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Hunter-submitted samples play a vital role in wildlife management, according to Wyoming Game and Fish

Sara DiRienzo, Public Information Officer Wyoming Game and Fish
Sara DiRienzo, Public Information Officer Wyoming Game and Fish(Mia Johnson)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 4:57 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming Game and Fish says hunters play a vital role in wildlife management, and can participate in a way that is mutually beneficial by submitting samples from harvested game.

“It is a lot of data, and we couldn’t ever collect this amount of data on our own. Hunters are truly citizen scientists when they are out in the field and when they give us this information, it truly is the way hunters participate in wildlife management in Wyoming,” said Sara DiRienzo, Wyoming Game and Fish Public Information Officer.

Lymph node samples, teeth, and harvest surveys are just a few of the tools Game and Fish uses to obtain data from hunters.

Samples and surveys can help the department determine future hunting seasons and the quota for hunting passes, as well as population numbers and disease monitoring.

The department says any contribution to their research is vital to maintaining Wyoming wildlife.

“All of this information is then eventually compiled into our end of the year reports and so you can see in these reports a lot of information that was contributed from hunters that helps drive the decision making that Game and Fish makes,” said DiRienzo.

To learn how to submit a sample, visit the Wyoming Game and Fish website for more information.

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