Wyoming big game, fish and other wildlife could soon have a guaranteed home on public lands. Congress is looking at a bi-partisan bill that would require the Forest Service and B-L-M to coordinate and manage lands to maintain sustainable populations of fish and wildlife, while also managing oil and gas development.

Duane Short with the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says the bill would require federal agencies to establish an early warning system so action can be taken quickly when species numbers started to dwindle.

Short notes that blue-ribbon trout streams and sage grouse are among species already in decline on public lands that have seen heavy oil and gas development, and he says more species are at risk.

Locally, hunting groups and union members are throwing their support behind the bill. Opponents of the bill say it creates more bureaucracy that could hinder development of important domestic oil and gas supplies.

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