Elk NetworkWyoming Film Highlights Ranchers’ Role in Wildlife Conservation

General | September 23, 2022

Below is a news release from the University of Wyoming.

A new documentary series highlighting ranching families that have gone to exceptional lengths to preserve Western ranching and steward big-game populations will be screened in Laramie Thursday, Sept. 22.

The three-part series, “My Wild Land,” will be shown starting at 6 p.m. at the Gryphon Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The screening, free and open to the public, is hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust and the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Migration Initiative.

The event will include a free raffle; a question-and-answer session with ranchers and other partners working to maintain Wyoming’s working lands; and a social hour with free food and beverages.

The documentary features ranches from across Wyoming: the Terry Creek Ranch near Laramie, the Bischoff Ranch near Lovell and the Hellyer family ranch near Lander. The series, presented by the Muley Fanatic Foundation with support from the outdoor equipment company Maven and produced by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, was launched in response to the rapid residential growth of Western states in recent years and subsequent loss of wildlife habitat.

Each film shares the unique perspective of the landowners; their relationship to the land; and the challenges they’ve faced while maintaining cattle operations and promoting wildlife habitat.

Also supporting the screening is the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

To view the film trailers, visit https://vimeo.com/showcase/mywild.

(Photo credit: University of Wyoming)