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Sybille Wildlife Research Center

Animals under observation at the Sybille Wildlife Research Center. (Wyoming Game & Fish Department)

The Sybille Wildlife Research Center is a nationally-reknowned facility that first began work in 1952. Floyd Blunt was the director back then, and since, the SWRC has contributed more than 200 research projects to conservation, all under the guidance of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

This amazing wildlife sanctuary is located midway between Bosler and Wheatland, Wyoming, on Wyoming State Highway 34. The Sybille Wildlife Research Center covers more than 3,000 acres, nestled in the spectacular beauty of Sybille Canyon. It’s a ruggedly beautiful site that serves as a “gated community” for elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, antelope, and bison. There are great gatherings of wild turkey, and other birds. And the Wyoming Toad is a popular inhabitant here as well.

But the most famous members here at the Sybille Wildlife Research Center are probably the black-footed ferrets. This endangered species was re-located here from the Pitchfork Ranch in Meeteetse, Wyoming, in the early 1980’s. This colony at the Pitchfork Ranch was the only known colony of the little mammal in the world. And after an outbreak of canine distemper threatened to kill the black-footed ferrets, they were moved to the Sybille Wildlife Research Center. And after a very successful captive breeding program, the first captive-raised black-footed ferrets were released into the wild in nearby Shirley Basin.

The Sybille Wildlife Research Center has a short nature trail and a picnic area that are open to the public from the first of May through mid-September.

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