A bill that has been filed for the upcoming session of the Wyoming Legislature would create a special wildlife conservation license plate and use the money it generates for a wildlife conservation account.

House Bill 39 would charge a $100 fee for the special plates and that money would go to a special account earmarked for signage, wildlife corridors, wildlife crossings and game fences near roadways and highways.

The goal is to reduce the number of automobile-vehicle collisions in Wyoming, benefitting both wildlife and motorists. The plates that would be issued under the program have not yet been designed, but the bill calls for them to include the bucking horse and rider featured on other state license plates.

However, they may not have to include a number designating a Wyoming county that standard plates currently feature. Since the plate does not yet exist, the photo shown above does not represent what the plate will actually look like.

The bill is being co-sponsored by Reps. Stan Blake (D-Sweetwater), Jim Allen (R-Fremont), Landon Brown (R-Laramie), Tom Crank (R-Lincoln/Sweetwater/Uinta counties), Mike Gierau (D-Teton), Bill Haley (R-Albany), and Charles Pelkey (D-Albany).

Senators Fred Emerich (R-Laramie) and John Hastert (D-Sweetwater) are also sponsoring the bill. The legislature is slated to convene a 20-day budget session in Cheyenne on Feb. 12.