March 14, 2008
March 14, 2008 - A new documentary, "Wyoming: Predators, Prey and People," will be broadcast nationally on the Versus Network this month.
A production of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the documentary takes a look at how wolves and grizzly bears have recovered and how ever-increasing numbers of bears and wolves are affecting the people and the wildlife of the state.
A three minute preview of the documentary is available at http://gf.state.wy.us/services/news/index.asp
"The recovery of both of these species is one of the greatest conservation success stories ever," said Eric Keszler, public information officer for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. "But their recovery has also been extremely controversial. We wanted to take an objective look at what their recovery means for the people in Wyoming who live, work and recreate in areas where these species exist. We interviewed dozens of people: ranchers, conservationists, business owners, agency personnel and others. I think viewers will go away with a new appreciation for the incredible comeback these species have experienced but also the complexities of managing them in a way that makes sense for the people and the wildlife of the state."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed grizzly bears from the federal list of Threatened and Endangered Species in Wyoming and adjacent states last spring. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final delisting rule for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.
The documentary will air multiple times in March on the Versus Network.