Wyoming’s new wildlife conservation license plates are off to a strong start, with the public acquiring more than 500 since the January 1stunveiling. The new plate features a mule deer design as a way to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and to help protect wildlife migration routes. As of February 27th, WYDOT had issued 503 of the new plates. Out of Wyoming’s 23 counties, Laramie issued the most so far at 75, outpacing Teton County which has issued 40. The proceeds from the sale of this plate will go toward supporting wildlife conservation projects related to the transportation system, such as signage, animal crossings, fences and other related work. The initial application fee is $180, of which $150 goes to the conservation fund and $30 toward the specialty plate fee. Then, motorists will pay $50 each year as an annual fee for the plate. For those who want an embossed plate, there is an additional $50 charge. The state Legislature passed a statute last year creating the new plate.