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Oklahoma Wildlife Expo canceled for 2013

by Ed Godfrey Modified: August 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: August 2, 2013
Children choose fishing poles during school day of the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie, OK, Friday, September 28, 2012,  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Children choose fishing poles during school day of the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie, OK, Friday, September 28, 2012, By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma Wildlife Expo has been canceled this year.
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Conservation, the annual three-day event at the Lazy E Arena and Ranch near Guthrie in late September has averaged an attendance of more than 40,000 each year. Schools from across the state regularly make field trips to the Wildlife Expo.
The Wildlife Department has suspended the Expo for one year because the agency this year is hosting the annual meeting of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, a professional organization of biologists and other wildlife professionals. That event in downtown Oklahoma City will be held Oct. 13-16, two weeks after the Wildlife Expo was scheduled.
Micah Holmes, spokesman for the Wildlife Department, said the agency simply doesn’t have the manpower to adequately prepare for both events in such a short period of time.
“This conference is a pretty big deal and pretty labor intensive,” Holmes said. “We don’t have time to do both and do our regular jobs, too. We really wish we could do both, but don’t feel like we can, and do both things well.”
Holmes said the Wildlife Expo will return to the Lazy E in 2014.
“It’s not going away,” he said. “We are just taking a year off.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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