The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation in Wyoming: Understanding It, Preserving It, and Funding Its Future


In 2013, both the Wyoming Legislature and the public lambasted the
Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Department) for requesting license fee
increases to help fund the agency. They argued that hunters and anglers already
shouldered the bulk of the fiscal responsibility for managing wildlife, and a new fee
increase could discourage some from purchasing licenses. Ultimately, the funding
measure failed, but the debate brought to the forefront the risks and challenges of
relying exclusively on the funding model known as the North American Model of
Wildlife Conservation—an ideology developed over the past several generations
to manage and protect the future of all Wyoming’s wildlife…..Wyoming Law Review NAMWC Who Pays for Wildlife 2014

Authors:  David Willms and Anne Alexander