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Volunteer Group Removed Or Improved Over 200 Miles Of Wildlife-Obstructive Fences

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation volunteers removing obsolete barbed wire fence.

A group of volunteers have torn down or upgraded more than 200 miles of fences in the Jackson Hole area in order to improve wildlife movement and migration. The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation started organizing volunteers in the area about 20 years ago after noticing the number of obsolete fences in Grand Teton National Park and surrounding areas.

Kyle Kissock, the wildlife foundation's communication manager, said there are a lot of fences because the park used to be private ranches.

"When those ranching operations ceased, the fences were still there, so especially in this community, we had a lot of obsolete fences in the park," said Kissock.

He said hunters, landowners and people who care about wildlife have all come together to help.

"As we're making a dent into the fences here, we're trying to move to DuBois or down south to Pinedale where there is a lot of obsolete fence," said Kissock. "Fence that can be in pronghorn pathway too so fences that can be improved."

He said he would like to see this become a state-wide volunteer program.

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