RMEF Raises 60K For Habitat

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(Sheridan Media File Photo)
(Sheridan Media File Photo)
Four committee members purchased life memberships at the banquet.  From front left, Linda Depaoli, Steve Ketcham, Larry Samson and Bob Smith.  (photo courtesy of RMEF)
Four committee members purchased life memberships at the banquet. From front left, Linda Depaoli, Steve Ketcham, Larry Samson and Bob Smith. (photo courtesy of RMEF)
(photo courtesy of RMEF)
(photo courtesy of RMEF)

More than 300 people attended the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's annual fundraising banquet Saturday in Sheridan.

Many local businesses donated goods for raffle or auction and raised $60,000 for wildlife habitat preservation throughout the United States. Renee Obermueller, co-chair of Sheridan's chapter, explains this is a national effort.

Obermueller said Wyoming's representation in wildlife habitat donation trumps the rest of the nation.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has secured six million acres of habitat nationwide. One million of those acres are in Wyoming.

The big ticket auction item was a commissioner tag, which gave the highest bidder a choice big game permit to be used anywhere in the state. It alone brought in $9,100. Also, two Pro Bull Rider packages, to attend the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas held each October, were auctioned for $2,500.

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