The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, citing more efficient budget and staffing concerns, will merge two of its publications beginning this month.
According to an e-newsletter from the game and fish, the department, for the past 23 years, has published 18 issues of general-interest wildlife publications under the titles “Wyoming Wildlife,”(a full-color 48-page magazine) and “Wyoming Wildlife News,” (a 12- to 16-page tabloid-style newspaper).
Beginning this month, the department will reduce the number of publications it produces to 12 issues, and release all 12 issues under the title “Wyoming Wildlife.”
“Wyoming Wildlife” will remain a general-interest magazine primarily reader-supported through subscriptions, but incorporate editorial elements from Wyoming Wildlife News.
In 2013, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission reduced the budget for the magazine, resulting in a reduction of costs and, initially, a recommendation to publish six issues per year. Significant efficiencies and cost-savings have been identified within Wyoming Wildlife’s budget, that, when combined with the budget formerly allocated to Wyoming Wildlife News, allow for continued publication of 12 issues a year. In addition, the reassignment of one employee during WGFD reorganization in June 2013 and the retirement of the longtime Wyoming Wildlife editor have reduced the number of full-time employees within the WGFD publications section from three to one.
Since its creation in 1991, Wyoming Wildlife News has been free to readers at license-selling agents (and a small combination subscriber base with Wyoming Wildlife magazine), its production costs subsidized by WGFD. As more WGFD constituents choose to receive information by e-mail, from the website, or from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, distribution of such information in a free printed publication has become less important.