Wyoming biologist explains why Game and Fish hunter check stations are important

Wyoming Game and Fish Department of Cheyenne asked Casper biologist, Heather O'Brien, why it's an important role to have hunter check stations. "Check stations serve several important roles," said O'Brien. "The main purpose of hunter check stations is to collect biological data such as age, gender, and health data from harvested animals and answer questions from the public." O'Brien said that information is used by wildlife managers to make decisions about future hunting seasons and other management decisions. Disease sampling is another very important reasons for hunter check stations. Various blood and tissue samples are taken with a hunter's permission to gain knowledge about the presence and prevalence of wildlife diseases such as chronic wasting disease and brucellosis. Hunter check stations also make sure that hunters are complying with hunting laws and regulations. Wyoming Game and Fish gives and receives meaningful information at check stations and biologists, like O'Brien, are very appreciative of the extra time hunters take to chat. #shortgo h/t photo: Wyoming Game and Fish Department