For Wyoming Game and Fish employees, a keen and inherent interest in wildlife often translates into a photography hobby. A recent showcase of staff photos highlights candid images of everything from elk calves to underwater frogs. 

Some were captured on the road — like this picture of a yellow-bellied marmot. Wyoming Game and Fish Graphic Designer and Wyoming Wildlife Creative Director Patrick Owen captured the small mammal as it perched on a rock on a cold June day when a mixture of snow and rain fell from the sky.

A yellow-bellied marmot perches on a rock on a stormy day in June 2022. (Patrick Owen/Wyoming Game and Fish)

Others were backyard shots. Grant Frost, a senior wildlife biologist, snapped this image of an American goldfinch on an overcast day near his Cheyenne home.  

An American goldfinch rests on a sunflower skeleton in a Cheyenne field. (Grant Frost/Wyoming Game and Fish)

Still others reflect a deep understanding of animal behavior. Owen, following a colleague’s tip, looked for pronghorn does in the early summer, then scanned the landscape nearby to find a new, large-eyed fawn. 

A pronghorn fawn sits in a sage landscape. (Patrick Owen/Wyoming Game and Fish)

“Look about 50 yards away from the doe to spot the young in nearby vegetation,” Ray Hageman, Game and Fish videographer, advised.

Katie Klingsporn

Katie Klingsporn is WyoFile's managing editor. She is a journalist and word geek who has been writing about life in the West for 15 years. Her pieces have appeared in Adventure Journal, National Geographic...

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

Want to join the discussion? Fantastic, here are the ground rules: * Provide your full name — no pseudonyms. WyoFile stands behind everything we publish and expects commenters to do the same. * No personal attacks, profanity, discriminatory language or threats. Keep it clean, civil and on topic. *WyoFile does not fact check every comment but, when noticed, submissions containing clear misinformation, demonstrably false statements of fact or links to sites trafficking in such will not be posted. *Individual commenters are limited to three comments per story, including replies.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. What beautiful photos to look at especially in these times of hate, blame and self-absorption. These made my day! Thanks.