I see your point and agree with parts and disagree with parts.The thing that gets me is the change in philosophy by game & fish departments and biologists all across the country. Back in the 50's, 60's & 70's they were all about enhancing the wildlife and fish opportunities for the sportsman, They experimented with planting different kinds of upland game to different habitat (Chukars, Hungarian Partridge, Pheasants) and moved fish to different waters (Golden Trout, Brown Trout, Brookies) to name just a few. It was all about giving us the chance to hunt and fish for different species in different habitats. Golden Trout were never found in Wyoming, but the world record Golden came from there. The high desert of the western states was practically devoid of game birds, but we have Chukars now and we never had Pheasants until they were planted pre 1900's.
Today they are eradicating lots of species of trout from their new haunts and stocking only natives. I'll bet if the current philosophy was in place in earlier years, there wouldn't be Pheasants, Chukars or Huns to hunt. To me, it is a sad situation because these transplants provide us with hunting and fishing opportunities where there was nothing available before the transplants took place.
Pretty sad IMHO!
Really?My point was that they are not doing much if any transplanting today, just the opposite.
Sooty grouse, dusky grouse, franklin's, ruffed grouse, sharp tails, and sage grouse.Stocking and transplanting are 2 different things IMO. Does Wyoming plant Chukar or Huns in areas they are not in now? My point is 30 or 40 years ago G & F depts. were looking for habitat that they could introduce species that would increase hunters and fisherman opportunities that were not there. Take away the chukars, huns and pheasants that are not native what upland game was there?
Well said AKaviator. What a waste. They could have been used and tons of people would've enjoyed pursuing them. Not to mention the influx of money to the local economy. The money from license sales could have gone to help bighorn populations that they are supposedly trying to help. Instead thousands of dollars (maybe more) of taxpayer money was squandered.So, I read that NPS was able to kill and waste 36 goats before being shut down. The institutional arrogance of the Park Service is appalling.
Yep, a big thanks for the sheep transplant. Pretty obvious my ram was a result of that transplant.Sooty grouse, dusky grouse, franklin's, ruffed grouse, sharp tails, and sage grouse.
Yes, Wyoming has chukars as well...Cody/Thermopolis area, I saw a bunch this year while sheep hunting.
We also have goats on the beartooth plateau, goats around Alpine in the Snake River area. California bighorns were recently introduced in the Semino's, Bighorns from the breaks in Montana introduced into units 12 and 19. Moose in the Snowy Range haven't been around all that long.
Merriams turkeys are all over the place, introduced by the GF.
The reason there aren't more species moved around now compared to 30-40 years ago...there isn't that many areas left to move different animals to.