Colorado Deer News
C Geremia - 2014 Colorado, Colorado State University
...  At larger scales, deer populations showed some natural resistance against CWD by localizing areas of higher infection. Overall, disease effects were subtle and the protracted time-scale of the epidemic is likely much longer than the thirty year time span of our research. As a result, we could not identify the inevitable fate of deer populations with CWD. Our findings do suggest, in the nearer-term (e.g., decades), mule deer populations persisting at lower levels after disease establishment...

‘Iconic species of West’ facing decline August 23, 2014 Colorado, Post Independent 
... Colorado’s statewide deer population was estimated at 390,000 in 2013, down from roughly 600,000 in 2006... Part of the problem is that cause of the population decline isn’t immediately apparent. It could be disease, predators, habitat fragmentation, roadkill or recreation... There’s also the possibility that the mule deer is a canary in the coal mine...

Olympic wrestler cited for shooting deer at dealership August 15, 2014 Colorado, 9NEWS.com
...  witnesses saw Dremiel Byers hunting the deer. The animal was hit by an arrow .. 

... wildlife officials have reduced the number of deer hunting licenses from 130,106 in 2007 to about 80,000 for this year. Hunters typically see about a 45 percent success rate ...  The last 10 to 20 years there has been a lot of growth in homes in the country with the new roads, driveways, dogs, horse pastures and traffic. It takes away habitat and puts stress on the animal ...

BLM conspicuous by absence at meetings to help mule deer August 13, 2014 Colorado, Denver Post 
...  the biggest problem mule deer face may very well be that Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the lone state or federal agency to take their declining numbers seriously enough to make them a priority ... the BLM was particularly conspicuous in its absence at the Mule Deer Summit and unveiling CPW's Draft Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy Plan...

Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy - Draft [PDF] August 9, 2014  Colorado Parks and Wildlife
... Across the West, state wildlife agencies are observing declines in a number of mule deer populations...  Colorado’s statewide deer population estimate declined from roughly 600,000 deer in 2006 to approximately 390,000 in 2013 ... Strategic Priorities: : Landscape-scale habitat management to improve habitat quality ... Predator Management ... Protect Habitat .... Reduce impacts of highways ... Reduce impacts of human recreation ... Regulate doe harvest ... Maintain a strong population and disease monitoring ... 

Colo. prepping plan to stop mule deer decline August 8, 2014 Colorado, Colorado Public Radio
... The deer are disappearing because of habitat loss, disrupted migration paths, harsh winters and severe drought. And the herds are not rebounding... doing all right in some areas of Colorado, including the central mountains and the plains...

West Slope Mule Deer Summit in Glennwood Springs August 1, 2014 Colorado, Pagosa Daily Post 
... on Saturday, August 9. The summit agenda includes presentation of a draft of the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy slated to be released this month. The event is free and open to the public ... Register online at this website, to attend or be notified of when the draft Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy is available.  Learn about Colorado’s Mule Deer Story at the CPW website.

Mule deer strategy topic of meeting August 1, 2014 Colorado, 
Durango Herald
... The Southwest Colorado mule deer population has declined an estimated 10 to 20 percent in the last couple of decades, said Joe Lewandowski, Durango-based spokesman for Parks and Wildlife. And the last five or six years the decline has been more noticeable ... 

Colorado: Mule deer summit set for Aug. 9 July 30, 2014 Summit County Citizens Voice 
... After studying the decline of Colorado mule deer populations for the past few years, state wildlife biologists are ready to unveil a new strategy aimed at stabilizing an bolstering deer numbers. Western Slope residents will be able to get an early look at the plan during the upcoming Aug. 9 mule deer summit in Glenwood Springs...

How to Hunt Mule Deer July 24, 2014 Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife News
... During the 2013 seasons, for all manners of take, 74,000 hunters harvested 33,000 mule deer for a 44 percent success rate. It is estimated that Colorado is home to about 400,000 deer...

Durango, Deer haters are downright ignorant July 24, 2014 Colorado, Durango Herald, Terrie Massucci
... in this mountain community where there is wildlife all around us. I’m very ashamed of those who feel exterminating these beautiful creatures is the only answer. How selfish they are.

Downtown deer July 22, 2014 Colorado, Durango Herald 
... spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said ... Parks and Wildlife studies wild deer only on public lands.  “We don’t look at urban, town deer. They just don’t fit into our biological models,” ... Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists estimate that statewide, the deer population has decreased 36 percent, culled by tough winters and coyotes ...

Elizabeth, Deer Management July 18, 2014 Town of Elizabeth
     In recent years the Town of Elizabeth has fielded an increase in concerns from Town residents related to conflicts with the local deer population. These conflicts have ranged from damage to personal property to safety issues associated with vehicle accidents... Considering the goals of the Town, the cost / benefit of the different techniques, and the practicality of each option available the Town has continued to explore the option of lethal control...
     The documents linked ... [click on link above to go to page] explain in detail the analysis that went into developing the Deer Management Plan, and an application to apply for participation in the urban bow hunting component of the Deer Management Plan...

CO scales back deer licenses July 16, 2014 Colorado, goHUNT
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) data indicates a statewide deer population decrease of 36% since 2005. During this same period of time, the nation’s largest herd, which is located in northwestern Colorado, has dropped nearly 70%. ... Colorado wildlife managers have reduced the number of hunting licenses they issue by nearly 39% since 2007, cutting back from 130,106 to roughly 80,000...

Deer declining across Colorado and West July 14, 2014 Denver Post 
... The nation's largest mule deer herd, located in northwestern Colorado, has decreased over the past decade by more than two-thirds — to 32,000 at latest estimate, down from 105,900 in 2005... The causes vary from energy development to hard winters and aren't always clear...  the latest CPW population estimates ... show a statewide decline in mule deer ... down to 390,600 in 2013 from 614,100 in 2005... Across western states, deer decreased by about 10 percent overall between 2003 and 2009 ...

Effects of male‐biased harvest on mule deer: Implications for rates of pregnancy, synchrony, and timing of parturition  ED Freeman, RT Larsen, ME Peterson, CR Anderson… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2014
...  Our objectives were to compare rates of pregnancy, synchrony of parturition, and timing of parturition between exploited mule deer populations with a relatively high (Piceance, CO, USA; 26 males/100 females) and a relatively low (Monroe, UT, USA; 14 males/100 females) male/female ratio. We determined rates of pregnancy via ultrasonography and timing of parturition via vaginal implant transmitters. We found no differences in rates of pregnancy ... timing of parturition ... or synchrony of parturition ... between Monroe Mountain and Piceance Basin, respectively ...

... "It's the most practical plan in terms of cost," said town administrator Dick Eason. "It's also the most acceptable to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPAW)." ... bow hunters ...

Man Rescues Fawn From Window Well July 8, 2014 Colorado, KKTV 
... After successfully rescuing the baby, Todd Dierdorff, who lives in Rockrimmon on the northwest side of town, quickly places the fawn on the ground next to its mother. On slightly unsteady legs, the baby deer follows after its mom as the pair walks away...

... "They eat your flowers... Town administrators are recommending a limited bow hunt in town limits ... 

Deer poached at Colorado Springs dog park June 20, 2014 Colorado,  Colorado Springs Gazette 
... killed with archery equipment on Wednesday night at Bear Creek Dog Park... The buck's head was removed ... call Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648...  $500 reward ...

WJ Pape, J Forster, CA Anderson, P Bosque, M Miller…June, 2014
... The transmission of the prion disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) to humans raises concern about chronic wasting disease (CWD), a prion disease of deer and elk. In 7 Colorado counties with high CWD prevalence ... In Colorado, human prion disease resulting from CWD exposure is rare or nonexistent. However, given uncertainties about the incubation period, exposure, and clinical presentation, the possibility that the CWD agent might cause human disease cannot be eliminated.

...  the fawn was left alone in the street after he heard its mother was clipped by a car and ran away. Osmon, a father and hunter, said his instincts kicked in. He picked up the deer and placed it on his lawn... Wildlife officers say it's common for doe to leave the side of their fawns for hours at a time, so the babies can become self-reliant and learn to live in the wild... [usually not in an intersection]

... Colorado Parks and Wildlife has scheduled a statewide summit on ways to reverse declines in western Colorado’s mule deer herds... The focus is on western Colorado because that is where most of the mule deer are and where some of the largest declines are occurring. Western Colorado’s Piceance Basin has been called the “mule-deer factory” and is home to some of the country’s largest herds.
     However, the populations have been declining in western Colorado. The latest post-hunting-season statewide estimate is 391,000 mule deer, below CPW’s statewide population objective of 525,000 to 575,000. Research has provided data and insights, but biologists acknowledge the cause could be multifold: declining habitat quality and quantity; disease; drought; severe winters; predators; migration barriers; increased outdoor recreation.

Relating the movement of a rapidly migrating ungulate to spatiotemporal patterns of forage quality,  Colorado  PE Lendrum, CR Anderson Jr, KL Monteith, JA Jenks… - … Biology-Zeitschrift für …, 2014
... We examined the relationship between spring migration of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and forage quality ... in spring 2010 in the Piceance Basin of northwestern Colorado...  Spring migration for mule deer provided a way for these large mammals to increase access to a high-quality diet, which was evident in patterns of NDVI and fecal nitrogen. Moreover, these deer “jumped” rather than “surfed” the green wave by arriving on summer range well before peak productivity of forage occurred....

Colorado's 'Crazy French Ranch' Gets $20 Million Price Cut May 29, 2014 Colorado, The Wall Street Journal 
...  some 60 square miles near Trinidad, Colo... The couple focused their efforts on managing wildlife on the ranch—it is now home to elk, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, mountain lions, turkeys and bears...

Herd of deer running across expansive meadows near Denver, Colorado. Centennial Cone has several great hikes. May 28, 2014



Where have all the mule deer gone? May 13, 2014 Colorado, 9News
... Colorado isn't the only state experiencing a problem with the mule deer population... but the exact cause is somewhat mysterious and has been the subject of a lot of study and research across the western United States... According to the Mule Deer Foundation in Salt Lake City, mule deer and black-tailed deer number about three million across the United States, compared to the much more common whitetail deer at about 30 million ...

Effects of GonaCon immunocontraceptive vaccine in free‐ranging female Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) JG Powers, RJ Monello, MA Wild, TR Spraker… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2014
... In January 2008, we captured 120 mature female elk in Rocky Mountain National Park (CO, USA), determined pregnancy status, and randomly assigned them to treated (n = 60; 1.5 mL of GonaCon) or control (n = 60; 1.5 mL of saline) groups... We conclude that GonaCon is effective at reducing pregnancy for 1–2 years post-vaccination and is strongly associated with sterile inflammation at the site of injection. Similar to other species, the vaccine is less effective in elk under free-ranging conditions than those in a captive environment.

Denver Post · 
... "We truly want to hear from sportsmen, landowners, industry, conservationists and other constituents about their current experiences with mule deer and their ideas moving forward to increase the population," said Ron Velarde, CPW's Northwest region manager...

Declining populations spur Colorado mule deer strategy summit April 30, 2014 Colorado, Summit County Citizens Voice
... The decline is evident in other western states. In Colorado, population numbers have dropped below state-set targets, and despite intensive research, the exact cause is still uncertain, though it appears energy development near key mule dear nurseries is a factor. Climate and natural population cycles may also play a role ...
... a federal officer called for Parks and Wildlife to help a deer stuck in a fence, Boulder officer Sam Carter showed up instead. Carter, already accused of killing the trophy elk in Boulder in 2013, tried to shoot and kill the trapped deer in 2008 ...

... The San Luis Valley Brewing Company in Alamosa, Colo., recently announced the release of Gray Ghost, a beer for deer — or for deer conservation, anyway. Proceeds from the sale of the brewery’s newest amber ale will go directly to the mule deer habitat and conservation efforts in Colorado and Wyoming...

Colorado's Mule Deer Story April 20, 2014 ruralmessenger.com
... The statewide, post-hunt 2012 deer population estimate of 408,000 is far below the current statewide population objective range of 525,000 – 575,000. On Colorado’s West Slope, the post-hunt estimate of just over 300,000 deer was more than 100,000 deer shy of the desired target population range of 410,000 – 450,000 deer...

... There has been a steady decline in the mule deer population all across the West, especially across Colorado’s West Slope... CPW is asking for input ... A flyer with the dates and times of these meetings can be downloaded at http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/MuleDeer/MuleDeerPublicMeetings.pdf.

State Hopes to Find Solution to Mule Deer Decline April 10, 2014 Colorado, The Watch 
... according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton, the state of Colorado has an estimated mule deer population of 400,000, one-third less than the 600,000 the state had in the early 2000s ... habitat fragmentation, a decline in habitat quality, a decline of winter range, which Hampton said is mostly due to human population growth, disease, predation, competition from elk and, potentially in some areas, competition from white tailed deer...

Elizabeth deer bow hunting plan drawing fire from opponents April 9, 2014 Colorado, Denver Channel ABC News
... "We love living here because of the wildlife out here," ... not a fan of the town's proposal to thin the herd by allowing a limited bow hunt within town limits...  administrators say complaints are on the rise and the deer population is out of control [Colorado's deer population is currently about one half to one third of the population in the 1940's] ... 

Elizabeth, Colorado town looks into bow hunting to limit deer April 8, 2014 Colorado, 9News 
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife says they have consulted with the town about their deer issues. They said there are a number of ways to deal with the deer population and bow hunting is one of them...

Elizabeth, Town Meeting to Discuss Deer Cull April 7, 2014
     There will be a meeting in the Town Hall, 151 Banner Streeet, Elizabeth, CO on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm to discuss a cull of the deer in the town.  The town, Police Chief Mike Phibbs, Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap, and Wildlife Resource Officer Casey Westbrook are proposing a bow hunting program in the town limits.  One resident explains that " this is a ridiculous waste of energy and goodwill by the town to quell the complaints of a few suburbia transplants who moved to the country, but are uncomfortable with the lives that were here before. I want to urge and encourage as much possible protest, press, and presence at these types of meeting to prevent the illogical, irrational, irresponsible killing of these beautiful Colorado creatures."  
     
CPW Seeking Public Input on Mule Deer Policy April 3, 2014 Colorado, Pagosa Daily Post 
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife ... is holding a series of public meetings across the state this spring in order to receive feedback on a Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. The Strategy will guide agency efforts to work towards increasing mule deer populations.  Across the West, state wildlife agencies are seeing declines in mule deer populations...

Roads closed longer for wildlife April 2, 2014 Colorado, Cortez Journal
... "This is the first year the extended closure is being implemented ... a sensitive time for deer and elk ... "They have exhausted their winter reserves, and the females are dropping calves," he said. "The extended closure provides opportunity for them to recuperate from the winter and not be stressed by folks driving through the area." ...

Mule Deer Association lands grant April 2, 2014 Colorado, Grand Junction Sentinel
... The Colorado Mule Deer Association has received a $25,000 grant for deer habitat from Colorado Parks and Wildlife ...

Elk, horses battle over water at Mesa Verde March 30, 2014 Colorado, Denver Post 
... Earth scorched by fire and drought ... a water war is taking place between two species of animals, one wild, one trespassing, both thirsty and struggling to survive... a herd of elk and a band of feral horses stand their ground ... The drama plays out every day ...

California poachers confess to multi-state cimes March 22, 2014 Colorado, Chaffee County Times
...  a trio of men from California have pleaded guilty to numerous wildlife violations in Colorado and New Mexico ...  the men hunted on private property without permission, illegally killed an elk, nine mule deer ... only removed the head, cape and antlers ...

Mule Deer Association Receives $25000 Grant March 20, 2014 Colorado,  KREX News Channel 5
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife awarded the Mule Deer Association a grant of $25,000 to assist with the purchase of firearms, archery equipment and other hunting supplies...

GMUG biologist receives national award March 14, 2014 Colorado, Montrose Daily Press
... Julie Grode a retired biologist from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests received a national award from the Mule Deer Foundation for her advocacy and partnership development to preserve and improve habitat for mule deer in Western Colorado...

... CPW was given one-time funding from the state legislature to support hunting and angling organizations as they continue their outreach toward novice hunters, including minority and underserved youth throughout Colorado...

Habitat management influences overwinter survival of mule deer fawns in Colorado EJ Bergman, CJ Bishop, DJ Freddy, GC White… - … of Wildlife Management, 2014
... many pinyon pine (Pinus edulis)–Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma) woodland habitats reach late seral stages that encroach into forest openings. This encroachment typically occurs at the expense of browse species that are preferred by mule deer ... documented changes in deer vital rates in response to habitat manipulations are lacking. ... . Our study provides evidence that habitat management on winter ranges can positively influence a key vital rate for mule deer in pinyon pine–Utah juniper ecosystems ...

HE Johnson, JW Fischer, M Hammond, PD Dorsey… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2014
... we investigated 3 temporary, non-lethal exclusion and repellent techniques for reducing deer and elk damage to sunflowers: 1) a polyrope electric fence, 2) the chemical repellent Plantskydd™, and 3) a winged fence. During July through October 2011 and 2012, we used a randomized block design to test the efficacy of these techniques by quantifying cervid damage to sunflowers and the number of deer and elk tracks traversing treatment and control plot boundaries. Using generalized linear mixed models we found that polyrope electric fences reduced deer and elk damage and presence within plots, while the repellent and winged fences did not reduce ungulate activity. Polyrope electric fences may be a suitable tool in areas where wildlife management agencies want to maintain deer and elk populations but reduce seasonal damage by cervids to high-value crops. In Colorado, use of an effective exclusion technique such as polyrope electric fence could also decrease the need for lethal depredation permits and damage compensation payments, and increase satisfaction among producers and the public.

Deer Found Shot In Head With Arrow February 25, 2014 Colorado, KKTV 
... The injured deer was reported to Colorado Parks and Wildlife on February 12 and had to be put down because of its injury. The deer, a fawn, was found in a neighborhood in northwest Colorado Springs, near Foothills Elementary School.. call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648 ...
    Deaths of two deer shot by arrows in northwest Colorado Springs under investigation February 24, 2014 Colorado, Colorado Springs Gazette 
... A young deer that was found shot between the eyes with a crossbow in northwest Colorado Springs had to be euthanized ... looking into whether the incident is tied to a more recent deer killing on Feb. 22, when a deer was found dead less than five miles from where the fawn was discovered...

State will host wildlife input session Feb. 20 in Eagle February 17, 2014 Colorado, Vail Daily News
... Every five years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts public meetings to gather comment about the state’s big-game hunting season structure... The CPW will host one of its regional big game hunting structure meetings in Eagle on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds old exhibit hall...

A cold, foggy winter morning at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colorado. You can actually get quite close to these guys. - February 23, 2014


...  "What happens when your dog goes out and chases that deer, it utilizes some of [the deer's] energy, and that's the energy it needs to survive the winter in Colorado." ... if your pet chases wild animals, officers have authority to shoot it...

... Dogs that chase wild animals can cause extreme stress to deer and elk, wildlife officials said... also at a significant risk of being injured or killed by a wild animal ... In Colorado, the fine for knowingly or negligently allowing a dog to harass wildlife is $274 ...

Survival and population growth of a free‐ranging elk population with a long history of exposure to chronic wasting disease RJ Monello, JG Powers, NT Hobbs, TR Spraker… Colorado - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2014
...  investigations of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal, contagious prion disease of free-ranging cervids, suggest the disease can cause long-term population declines in deer ... Population declines were predicted to occur when prevalence of CWD exceeded 13% (BCI = 0, 35). ... We conclude that CWD can exceed natural rates of mortality, reduce survival of adult females, and decrease population growth of elk herds. 

... The partnered research focuses on improving natural resource management strategies for native mule deer and greater sage-grouse populations in particular as well as their habitats. The teams of researchers and wildlife managers are working to provide answers to conservation questions such as:  Preliminary results from a mule deer behavior study utilizing GPS collars indicates that deer avoid well pads during drilling, the most active phase of development...

Rangers cracking down on hikers ignoring land closures around Durango January 29, 2014 Colorado, Greenfield Daily Reporter 
... The low-elevation areas are closed to the public in the winter to give elk and mule deer alternatives to find food when they come down from heavy snow in the highlands...

...  for the past 15 years show a consistent drop in estimated populations in the region ... Brad Weinmeister, a terrestrial biologist ... the downward trend is likely a combination of the extended drought, less nutritious range, and increasing development and populations... In the urban areas they are doing OK ... Predation of deer by coyotes and mountain lions does not appear to be causing the overall mule deer decline either ...

Deer food January 20, 2014 Colorado, subletteexaminer.com
...  Well, here we go again with the bull from the Game and Fish about feeding deer, elk and large game. I say, let’s stop feeding the game wardens and feed the deer.   I have lived here in Boulder all my life and have seen deer fed, elk fed and moose fed alfalfa and hay by a game warden, one of the best ...

Deer food January 20, 2014 Colorado, subletteexaminer.com
...  Well, here we go again with the bull from the Game and Fish about feeding deer, elk and large game. I say, let’s stop feeding the game wardens and feed the deer.   I have lived here in Boulder all my life and have seen deer fed, elk fed and moose fed alfalfa and hay by a game warden, one of the best ...

Salida, Intern offers deer task force update January 10, 2014 Colorado,  Mountain Mail Newspaper
...   recommendations the task force provided....  A deer count is the first step before any of the other steps or recommendations ... survey the citizens of Salida to find out what, if any, concerns residents have about the deer population... Recommendation 4: Birth control for urban does ...

... It is a known fact that hunters feed deer, known as baiting, all the time... Wildlife enforcement needs to get the proverbial stick out of their asses and let this man do what he does. ... I hunt and I see nothing wrong with what he does. He is just a kind hearted soul. We need more of people like him ...


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Colorado data: About 390,600 mule deer and 20,000 whitetails in 2013.  CPW estimates the total deer population has fallen by 36 % since 2005, from 614,000. Deer licenses have been reduced in 2014 to help boost the population. Licenses have been reduced from 130,106 in 2007 to about 80,000 in 2014.  The post hunt deer population in the spring of 2012 was estimated at 408,000 - 418,000 deer. Colorado statistics. About 461,000 in 2011, 600,000 in 2000.  The current population is one half to one third of the herd size in the 1940s and far below the pre-settlement numbers. Causes for the decline are thought to include habitat fragmentation and decline quality, a decline of winter range from human population growth, disease, predation from mountain lions, harsh winters in 2007 and 2008, competition from elk, migration barriers, drought, and outdoor recreation.   The nation's largest mule deer herd in northwest Colorado has fallen from 105,900 in 2005 to about 32, 000.  Does make up about one quarter of the harvest.  The mule deer buck-to-doe ratio is about 31 to 100. The Middle Park deer herd of about 15,350 has been extensively studied.  The success rate for the state's 74,000 hunters in 2013 was about 44 percent.
    Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), caused by misfolded proteins, was first detected in 1967 at Colorado State University, in captive deer held in a pen next to sheep with Scrapie. In the 1980s it was found in wild mule deer and elk in Colorado and Wyoming. Through the 1990s it spread to Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Oklahoma,Nebraska, and Montana.
     At the beginning of 2012 there were about 280,000 elk, more than any other state, and about 71,000 pronghorns. In 2011 Colorado had an estimated, 214,526 elk, and 76,710 pronghorn sheep; 3,500 to 4,500 mountain lions. Another estimate for 2011 was 430,000 deer and 286,000 elk. An estimated 16,000 to 18,000 bears.

Report Poaching:  call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648 or email a tip to game.thief@state.co.us

Other useful links:
- Colorado Mule Deer Story prepared to help understand declining mule deer populations
Colorado Mule Deer Association

Tweets about deer in Colorado


Historical Deer Population
"Historical records testify to the original abundance of mule deer encountered by early settlers ... As a result of this large-scale harvesting, the Colorado Territory established its first wildlife protection agency in 1879 ... mule deer populations didn't fully rebound until after the dust bowl era of the early to mid 1930s. While exact numbers were not collected until the 1970s, wildlife professionals generally agree that herds reached modern highs in the 1940s, with populations between two or three times as large as the current 2012 post-hunt estimate of 420,000." John Ceballos 


Tweets about Colorado Parks and Wildlife



Mule deer captured by a helicopter for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife study

Draft SCIF Mule Deer 2