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MEET THE COMMISSIONERS

Byrd relishes
role on Commission
Gay Lynn Byrd enters her fourth year on the Wyoming Game and Fish
Commission, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year
CHEYENNE - Gay Lynn Byrd's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, known as
appointment on the Wyoming Game and BOW, Beyond BOW and the department's
Fish Commission started in March of 2017. Inspire a Kid initiative led by Game and Fish
Since then, Byrd and the Commission have Director Brian Nesvik.
established the WYldlife Fund, which helps
" It's great that more women are getting out
raise money for the Wyoming Game and and enjoying the outdoors, along with them
Fish Department wildlife, fish and habitat teaching the kids, " she said. " There's more to
projects; observed the work being done to it than what gun you used and what trophy
keep aquatic invasive species out of Wyoming you ended up with on a particular hunt. "
waters; approved construction and planning
Byrd said one of the bigger challenges
for more wildlife crossings and numerous facing the Commission is the changother habitat and fiscal improvements.
ing landscape in Wyoming and how that
" We've addressed a lot of things, but this affects wildlife.
Commission seems gung-ho to not kick things
" Whether it is people moving in, more
down the road, "
houses being built
Byrd said. " If we
or energy-related
need to take care
infrastructure, it
THE COMMISSION IS THE
of something now,
requires considerPOLICY-MAKING BOARD FOR GAME
let's do it. "
ation for the habAND FISH. THE SEVEN-MEMBER
Byrd is from
itat and wildlife, "
COMMISSION IS APPOINTED BY THE
Douglas and repshe said.
resents District 7,
Byrd's concerns
GOVERNOR. EACH MEMBER SERVES
which encompasses
are
not just about
A SIX-YEAR TERM. NO MORE THAN
Converse, Natrona
people potentially
FIVE COMMISSIONERS CAN BE OF
and Fremont counmoving into the
THE SAME POLITICAL PARTY.
ties. Her family
state and utilizing
has been ranching
Wyoming's open
in Wyoming since
spaces.
1939 and has always enjoyed hunting and
" More people want to get out and enjoy
fishing. As landowners, Byrd's family has the outdoors, which I fully understand, " she
engaged with Game and Fish wardens and said. " However, with people going further and
other personnel about license issues and quo- further into the backcountry, in some cases,
tas over the years, which has helped her under- I'm afraid they're going to disturb wildlife on
stand some of the state's wildlife challenges. their wintering ranges. All of those factors
Byrd also is impressed with current Game combined are going to get more complicated
and Fish programs that promote women for the Commission's charge. "
and kids to learn and get outdoors such as - Robert Gagliardi, WGFD
		

Gay Lynn Byrd has served on the Wyoming Game and Fish
Commission since 2017. (Photo by Justin Joiner/WGFD)

An avid hunter, Gay Lynn Byrd poses with a unique pronghorn.
(Photo courtesy of Byrd family)

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