Cheyenne, Wyoming – Treasurer Mark Gordon released the following statement today after the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted to allow limited hunting of grizzly bears in Wyoming for the first time in 40 years.
“As a lifelong Wyoming sportsman and rancher, I applaud the Wyoming Game and Fish Commissioners for their thoughtful decision today. This is the right approach for Wyoming – it is based in science, reflects the opinion of Wyoming people and incorporates provisions to maintain our strong tourism economy. With this conservative policy developed by the Game and Fish Department, we can keep the population of grizzlies healthy and try to reduce conflicts to keep residents and visitors safe.”
“This decision came after years of conservation work – much of it led by the state – to recover this species. This is a terrific example of why decisions about Wyoming lands and wildlife belong in Wyoming hands. As Governor, I will fight to keep, and return, local decisions to local hands.”
Grizzly bears within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem were removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act in June of 2017, their population has exceeded recovery goals for many years. Hunting will not be allowed in national parks or in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. Decisions about hunting on the Wind River Reservation are up to the tribes. For more on today’s decision, visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website at https://wgfd.wyo.gov.
Mark Gordon is a rancher, small businessman, and Wyoming’s State Treasurer. He grew up on the family ranch in Johnson County. After graduating from college, Mark ran several successful businesses in Buffalo and Sheridan including two focused on outdoor recreation and tourism. He later worked in the oil and gas industry. Mark and his wife, Jennie Muir Gordon, currently work together, with Jennie handling day to day management of their ranch. They have four grown children, daughters Bea and Anne, son Aaron and his wife Megan, and son Spencer and his wife Sarah.
Serving as Wyoming Treasurer since 2012, Gordon has led a transformation of how the state invests its significant funds. He has focused on growing state investment returns, safeguarding state savings and improving transparency and access to the general public. He has demonstrated the ability to do more with less, leading a small staff to make significant and lasting changes to the state’s investment arm. Gordon grew state investments by over $1 billion last year, delivering the fund’s best performance above the state’s benchmark in ten years. As a result, Wyoming citizens saved $1500 per person in taxes.
Gordon also led efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulting in Wyoming earning the number one ranking in the United States for transparency among all sovereign funds.