There are hundreds of miles of roads to use when exploring public land in Wyoming; the Bureau of Land Management reminds people that it’s illegal to travel off existing roads in a motorized …
There are hundreds of miles of roads to use when exploring public land in Wyoming; the Bureau of Land Management reminds people that it’s illegal to travel off existing roads in a motorized vehicle.
A citation for driving a motorized vehicle off existing roads or in a closed area can result in fines. Off-road driving can cause significant damage anytime, but spring soils are especially susceptible. The resulting damage can cause erosion and serious impacts to important wildlife habitat. Another factor to consider is personal safety — e.g., not getting stranded on muddy or washed-out roads.
Also, each spring visitors from throughout the region search for shed antlers on BLM-administered land in southern and western Wyoming. BLM rangers will patrol popular shed hunting areas to ensure compliance with travel management rules and resource regulations.
“Responsible shed-antler hunting is a great way to enjoy public land. Many people search for antlers on foot or horseback,” said High Desert District Manager Tim Wakefield. “However, those who leave roads on all-terrain vehicles or other motorized vehicles cause a serious amount of damage each spring.”
Citizens who spot someone driving cross country off existing roads are asked to contact their local BLM field office. A vehicle description, license plate number, time and location are helpful.