Wyoming Deer:  An estimated population of 423,000 deer in 2015, up from 400,000 in 2014.  The population was trending higher after three mild winters into 2016, but a very harsh winter for 2016-17 west of the continental divide resulted in very low fawn survival.  A total population of about 578,000 in 1991.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Wyoming deer hunting data and news archive.
Wyoming Deer News

Elk antlers lure nationwide bidders to annual auction May 18, 2017 Wyoming, Idaho State Journal
...  nearly 6 tons of elk antlers await bidders Saturday morning during the 50th annual Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction... Last year, 11,512 pounds of antlers fetched $175,397...

Winterkill In Western Wyoming Shrinks Herd Numbers May 15, 2017 Wyoming Public Media
...   lose between 80 to 90 percent of the fawns that were born last year, but we suspect that the reproductive capacity of the doe deer this year will also be suppressed ...

Elk and deer herds in jeopardy decades after chronic wasting disease was discovered May 13, 2017 WyomingCasper Star-Tribune Online
... New models are showing that in the long term, mule deer numbers, particularly in central Wyoming, could plummet. Instead of raging through like an ancient plague, the disease kills slowly, taking years or even a decade, and spreading in ways no one quite understands... these female elk ...  have rare genetics, which might just prolong their lives...

Shed Antler Hunting Brings In Big Bucks (Both Kinds) May 12, 2017 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... Purser says he wishes Wyoming would just sell an antler hunting permit and put an end to the craziness of opening night. And it is crazy. Two years ago, a boat capsized and a horse was killed crossing the Gros Ventre River on opening night... 

Migrating mule deer track 'green waves' of spring forage May 3, 2017 Wyoming, University of Wyoming
     Migratory mule deer in Wyoming closely time their movements to track the spring green-up, providing evidence of an underappreciated foraging benefit of migration ... corridors themselves were not actually understood as habitat... the daily movements of migratory mule deer are closely timed to track spring green-up, known as "surfing the green wave."...

Catastrophic deer die-off causes concern, offers opportunity April 29, 2017 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... on average, a little more than a third of the fawns in the Wyoming Range Herd survive to their first birthdays. This year, they all died. As a winter harsher than locals had seen in decades raged across the western part of the state ...

Ungulate Uncertainty April 25, 2017 Wyoming, Planet Jackson Hole
... In an unprecedented move in late February, the Montana Senate passed a resolution urging Wyoming to cease feeding on 23 sites across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Part of the resolution reads: “This practice results in artificially high populations of elk in these areas ...

... The harsh, cold winter of 2016-2017 heavily impacted the wildlife in Western Wyoming, especially deer. Recent surveys of the Sublette and Wyoming Range herds showed mule deer fawn mortality rates of at least 80 percent... wait to go out on public lands near big game and especially deer...

RMEF Grants Benefit Wyoming Habitat, Research, Public Access April 11, 2017 Elk Network
... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $314,629 in grant funding to assist with elk research, habitat enhancement, permanent land protection and improving public access in Wyoming...

Cody, Deer culling hits target, plus 1 April 10, 2017 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... police sharpshooters counted 50 dead deer... tested for chronic wasting disease... Of the samples tested, one tested positive... The most recent Game and Fish deer count was taken on Dec. 15 by 10 people counting in 10 zones. Results showed 258 mule deer broken down as 37 bucks, 100 does and 62 fawns...  

... the most significant new developments in the field is the identification of different CWD strains. “The importance of strains is that each prion strain has unique characteristics.” These include different incubation periods, neuropathology and range distribution...

Mule deer and energy development‐NDASH‐long‐term trends of habituation and abundance April, 2017 H Sawyer, NM Korfanta, RM Nielson, KL Monteith… Wyoming - Global Change Biology
...  used telemetry data from 187 individual deer across a 17-year period ... Mule deer consistently avoided energy infrastructure through the 15-year period of development ... Mule deer abundance declined by 36% during the development period, despite aggressive on-site mitigation efforts (e.g., directional drilling and liquid gathering systems) and a 45% reduction in deer harvest...

Migrations will bring CWD to Jackson Hole April 5, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... Jackson Hole is surrounded on three sides by CWD [chronic wasting disease]  Overlay the Game and Fish CWD map on the Grand Teton migration map and Jackson Hole is now connected to the disease in several ways as our mule deer travel to and from their winter ranges...

... will probably consider shortening some seasons this year because of the effects of a hard winter in western Wyoming...

Chronic wasting disease discovery troubling April 3, 2017 Wyoming, Sublette Examiner
... county’s first mule deer to test positive ... [doe]  found dead in a resident’s yard south of town (near the Pinedale airport) late in February ... no plans to cull additional deer, elk or moose, but the department, especially with emphasis in the Pinedale and Jackson Regions will continue to collect and test samples ...

Cody, Deer are part of what makes Cody special April 3, 2017 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
...   city council decided to kill half the herd to appease angry residents... urvey basically revealed an even split between pro-deer and anti-deer factions.  ... The deer symbolize an extension of the natural resources that people come to Cody to experience...

WGFD, public debate cause of low deer population March 30, 2017 Wyoming, The Sheridan Press 
... WGFD personnel said the harvest isn’t to blame... wildlife biologist Tim Thomas said the most important factor is an unconducive habitat...  WGFD officials and members of the public did not agree on the impact habitat is playing ... 

Deer Population Survey Complete in Southwest Bighorn Area March 29, 2017 Wyoming, mybighornbasin
... in the Southwest Bighorn Mule Deer Herd Unit... 8,174 mule deer were observed during the surveys ...

Cody Deer Population Control Efforts Complete March 29, 2017 Wyoming, mybighornbasin
... 50 antlerless deer that were taken ... One deer donated to a local resident did test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease – the recipient was notified and the deer was disposed of prior to consumption...

Chronic wasting disease reaches Pinedale March 28, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... CWD has been found in Star Valley, near Dubois and within Green River city limits, but never before farther north in the river basin ... It was a leap across the landscape, without connectivity to other elk, deer and moose hunt areas that have tested positive ...

How many elk do Yellowstone wolves eat? March 28, 2017 Wyoming, WyoFile
... may kill up to 2,156 elk in the park each year and as many as 11,600 in the Greater Yellowstone region ... Over the course of a year, an average wolf will kill — mostly with other pack members — and consume 16 to 22 elk a year ... In summer, wolves turn their attention to deer and even rodents ...

Wyoming Woes, fawn survival March 23, 2017 sportingclassicsdaily.com
... winter weather in 2017 ... Of the 70 fawns monitored during the 2016-17 winter, only one survived until March 5, 2017... from Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project ...

... The $4.9 million of yearly general fund money that will be cut from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department could be made up by the license fee increases that sportsmen will pay beginning Jan. 1 ...

... this year’s deep snow has made survival hard for smaller wildlife like pronghorn and deer.  “Moose being larger bodied and longer legs, they can move through deep snow a lot easier and they’re able to withstand those colder temperature ...

Wyoming hunting forecast: The good, the bad and the ugly March 18, 2017 Casper Star-Tribune Online
... On the eastern side of the state, temperatures dropped and snow fell, but most of the deer and pronghorn survived. Hunting seasons may see change slightly in some places ... The western side, however, is a radically different story. It’s possible most of the mule deer fawns born in 2016 in the Jackson and Pinedale areas will have died this winter from record snow and cold ..,

Judge rules in favor of Wyoming wolf delisting March 3, 2017 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Wyoming officials should be able to manage the state’s wolf population as they see fit ... “Maybe our moose and elk and deer can take a breather,” ... Park County Commissioner Joe Tilden ...

Volunteers needed for chronic wasting disease panel March 3, 2017 Wyoming, Billings Gazette
     Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking six to 12 individuals to serve on a chronic wasting disease citizen advisory panel to provide input on the agency’s management plan for the disease...

Rawlings, Partnership key in controlling city deer population March 1, 2017 Wyoming, Rawlinstimes
... While community members might be seeing an unusual increase of deer around housing areas, Joseph said the population has not grown so much over the past few months, as much they have come out into the pubic view due to the recent snowfall...

Report shows hunting's economic importance February 27, 2017 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
...  report based on 2015 data and examining the value of hunting the animals classified as big game in the state shows an economic contribution of nearly $303 million... The report is in part a response to lawmakers who have introduced bills that would divert license revenue to other government agencies ...

Cody, Chronic wasting disease discovered during deer herd culling February 27, 2017 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
...Many deer have tested positive for CWD throughout the Big Horn Basin ... The last time a dead mule deer from the Cody herd was discovered with CWD was in April 2015 ...

Drone Causes Elk Stampede, Man Gets $280 Ticket February 24, 2017, Swerd Media9h
... It’s a crucial time of year for those animals and they don’t need to be burning up additional energy stores unnecessarily ...

Big game hunting in Wyoming a $300 million industry February 21, 2017 Powell Tribune
... Southwick Associates’ report says Wyoming’s outfitters and guides collected more than $45.4 million from thousands of elk, deer, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and bison hunters in 2015. The data shows that nonresidents accounted for 84 percent of outfitters’ business that year ...

Winter kills wildlife in western Wyoming February 17, 2017 WyoFile
... watched the deer population near his home in Kemmerer begin to dwindle at the end of December. In early January, the fawns had all but disappeared...  Animals younger than 1-year-old die first. They haven’t had time to put on body fat ...

Harsh winter hits Wyoming wildlife Februry 11, 2017 Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Wyoming’s wild animals, particularly on the abundant western side of the state, face more struggles than normal this winter due to heavy snowfall, strong winds and harsh temperatures... The Jackson region, for example, had between 150 and 200 percent of normal snowpack ... Fawn survival ... will be lower than recent years...

Massive snowfall creates wildlife quandary February 10, 2017 Wyoming, Uinta County Herald
...  deer are starving. This year, not only is there snow (and a lot of it), but fluctuating temperatures have caused it to melt and refreeze... the ethics of feeding deer, especially in town, has been an ongoing debate in Evanston for some time...

Dire winter spurs talk about feeding wildlife February 7, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A herd that started off winter in the West Bank neighborhood numbering 53 animals has dwindled to 20 or 30 elk ... Wyoming hasn’t fed deer on an emergency basis since the 1970s ... "I have deer literally sleeping up against my house..." [an online discussion about emergency feeding from Game and Fish] ... 

Cody, Deer Management February 1 2017 Wyoming, City of Cody, WY
   [this is a link to the city's deer management plan] The City of Cody has established an Urban Deer Task Force to consider methods to handle the deer population within Cody's city limits.  As of September 17, 2016, the approval of a lethal reduction program to address the local urban deer population was under consideration by the Cody City Council, who then instructed the Cody Police Department to draft a preliminary operational plan, develop a first-year budget, and pursue a Chapter 56 permit from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department...

Cold temperatures and deep snow taking a toll on Wyoming big game January 30 2017
Wyoming Game and Fish Department - State of Wyoming
... Much of Wyoming is under a blanket of deeper than normal snow ... Game and Fish biologists and game wardens are seeing an increase in numbers of big game dying than during past winters ...  Wyoming’s big game have faced arctic-like conditions in years past, most recently in 2011...

Cody,  Poacher of town deer sentenced January 30, 2017 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
...  shot a mule deer buck with a crossbow ... attention drawn to the incident when the deer fled through downtown streets leaving a trail of blood ...

Cody, Urban deer take a hit January 25, 2017 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... According to Baker, sites are chosen based on factors such as “places of negative deer interactions and collision data.” He did not share exact locations of deer harvests to “minimize concerns.” ...

Model Forecasting of the Impacts of Chronic Wasting Disease on the Jackson Elk Herd NL Galloway, RJ Monello, D Brimeyer, E Cole… - 2017
... Analysis ... indicating a decline in elk numbers over time... Given that the modeled
effects were based on a smaller and presumably less concentrated elk population, CWD may lead to higher disease prevalence and larger impacts of CWD on the population growth rate due to crowded herds returning annually to the same location, as occurs on some feedgrounds..,

Critter carnage plagues South 89 January 23, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
 ... “Pretty darn close” to a mule deer a day is being struck and killed on the stretch of South Highway 89 ...

Cody Police Harvesting Urban Deer January 20, 2017 Wyoming, mybighornbasin.com
... the team that performs the harvest consists of two sergeants and three police officers, along with administrative personnel that assist the team with tracking and documentation...

Fawns dying at a surprising rate January 18, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... In 2015 the surprise cause of death for young mule deer that roam the Wyoming Range was adenovirus ... “We lost over half of the fawns from 2016 by November,” Fralick said. “That’s fairly substantial mortality, and we’re not even through the winter this year... predation was the leading cause of death ...

Managers to meet on deer January 10, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... herds weren’t in a good position for much growth ... fawn-to-doe ratio in the Wyoming Range herd’s northern ranges ... came in at 58 per 100 during a recent aerial survey, the lowest observed in over two decades ...

... would give counties more power to pass wildlife feeding bans... Last year, lawmakers considered a similar measure, but the legislation was narrowly defeated ... 

Monitoring intensifies to detect chronic wasting disease January 2, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A grant from the Teton Conservation District and money chipped in by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission enabled wildlife managers to increase staffing and test 502 animals from the Jackson Elk Herd — about 5 percent of the total population...

Game & Fish to Discuss Mule Deer December 30, 2016 Wyoming, For Sweetwater County & Southwest Wyoming
... Since 2010, the WGFD has worked collaboratively with the public to develop the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Initiative, a long term management plan which outlined a number of actions to benefit mule deer and their habitat.  [meetings on January 9 through 12] ...

Year in review for wildlife of Wyoming December 29, 2016 Wyoming, Sundancetimes
... The mule deer and pronghorn populations rose as a result of good spring moisture for the past three years... Mule deer in particular saw good fawn:doe ratios of 75 per 100, exceeding the objective of 66 fawns for every 100 does to maintain or increase the population size..,

Casper Star-Tribune Online
...  Water for Wildlife ... The group raises money to build and install guzzlers — varying types of water tanks sprinkled around the state’s dry, arid landscape... bighorn sheep, elk and deer...

A mule deer doe nicknamed "Jet" is released Dec 6, 2016 after being recaptured to collect data. Jet has worn a GPS collar since March 2015 to study her movements as part of the Wyoming Migration Initiative. - December 23, 2016


Chronic Wasting Disease Confirmed Near Gillette December 21, 2016 Wyoming, Sheridan Media 
...  first time Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in Deer Hunt Area 17 ...

America's Wildlife Corridors Are in Danger December 14, 2016 Wyoming, The Atlantic
... As mule deer move north for the summer they follow the “green wave” of blooming vegetation, and as the herd moves south in the fall the deer pick over the last remaining greens, hoarding life-saving calories. The danger is that in some areas along the corridor there are huge natural gas extraction sites and the constant activity around them make the deer skittish...

Sublette Mule Deer Migration Corridor Designated December 6, 2016 Wyoming, SweetwaterNOW
... A crucial mule deer migration corridor in north-western Wyoming has been formally designated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The path of one of the three winter range units designated in the Sublette mule deer herd unit is 160 miles long and spans over 830,000 acres ...

... Because many experts fear the disease’s arrival on the feedgrounds could cripple western Wyoming’s elk herds, the National Elk Refuge is hosting a forum explaining the illness... Chronic wasting disease, often simply referred to as CWD, attacks the brains of elk, deer and moose..,

Speed Study To Stop Wildlife Crashes November 29, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... more than 6,000 deer are hit and killed on Wyoming roads each year ... the speed limit will go down here from 70 mph to 65 mph for a daytime speed limit, and 55 mph at night... 

Game and Fish to study two Wyoming moose populations November 25, 2016 Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Herds near Jackson have been hit by drought and grizzly bears and wolves. Moose in southwest Wyoming are suffering from low pregnancy rates and poor adult survival ... the Game and Fish Commission recently approved two major moose surveillance projects ...

Deer with fatal wildlife disease killed by hunter November 21, 2016 Wyoming, Great Falls Tribune
... This is the third hunting area near Yellowstone National Park where chronic wasting disease has been found ...

Deer count up at Cody check station November 14, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... It was a banner year for mule deer taken in the area with 242 harvested, a significant jump over 2015 when 214 were taken ... The busiest such season was 2007 with 287 deer killed...

Diseased deer killed east of Cody November 14, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... A mule deer harvested Nov. 2 near Heart Mountain tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It’s the first time the disease has been found in Hunt Area 121, east of Cody...

Critical area for mule deer migration permanently protected November 12, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune
... Thousands of deer will migrate through the Luke Lynch Wildlife Habitat Management Area each year. Putting an easement on the parcel was identified as the most important priority on the animals' more than 150-mile journey ... 5,000 mule deer that migrate through it twice a year...

Game and Fish Commission Invests In Moose Research And Mule Deer Projects November 11, 2016 Wyoming, For Sweetwater County & Southwest Wyoming
...  approved projects that will benefit mule deer. Those projects were developed through the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative... will directly enhance approximately 9,100 acres of important mule deer habitat; reduce invasive cheatgrass and juniper; and study three mule deer migration routes ...

Game and Fish to monitor large Casper deer herd November 11, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune
... Deer numbers in the Bates Hole, Hat six herd south of Casper have long struggled along with other Wyoming herd ... expects to collar 45 does in January or February. The GPS data will allow biologists to track the animals’ movements and migration patterns for three years...

... Across an entire year, long-distance migrants spent approximately 100 more days migrating compared to moderate- and short-distance migrants. Relatedly, winter residency of long-distance migrants was 71 d fewer than for animals migrating shorter distances. Exposure to anthropogenic mortality factors, including highways and fences, was high for long-distance migrants, whereas vulnerability to harvest was high for short- and moderate-distance migrants. By reducing the amount of time that animals spend on winter range, long-distance migration may alleviate intraspecific competition for limited forage and effectively increase carrying capacity...

... Some of the city council wants the deer to be shot, whereas the greater population is against this horrific carnage. The townspeople have no say in the matter. The police are being hired to shoot the deer ...

Cody, Wildlife officials investigate mule deer killings in Cody November 4, 2016 Wyoming, Billings Gazette
... five mule deer were killed and left to waste near Cody... reward of up to $5,000 ...

Deer migration route named after Lynch November 2, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... More than a half-square-mile of rolling land between Pinedale and the Wind River Range that Wyoming acquired from private landowners preserves a bottleneck along the longest-known mule deer migration in the Lower 48... Luke Lynch, was a Jackson resident and Conservation Fund employee ...

Cody, Council proceeds with plan to cull town deer November 2, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Cody City Council Tuesday night directed police to proceed with a plan to cull 50 does from the town-dwelling deer herd... Opposed were Landon Greer and Stan Wolz. While the two men had differing reasons, both cited opposition to the $5,000-$6,000 annual drain on the budget at a time when the city is making cuts....

Wyoming wildlife officials seek help in mule deer poaching case November 2, 2016 KTVQ Billings News
...  five mule deer that were shot and left to waste along the Chief Joseph Highway northwest of Cody last weekend....

Cody, Council to hear Baker's plan to reduce deer October 31, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... would involve using bait to lure deer into areas where they could be safely shot ... Councilman Stan Wolz opposed the reduction program and potential cost, saying he felt the urban deer population was stable and neither a public survey five years ago nor one issued this summer provided a resounding mandate to reduce the herd...

Game and Fish considers land swap near Lander October 30, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Some Pavillion-area residents worry the swap is not fair since the department will be trading land for an easement, but Game and Fish officials say trades like these are becoming one of the only ways to preserve habitat in a time of tight budgets...

Hunter receives jail time after poaching deer, displaying at expo October 27, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... A Big Piney hunter will serve jail time and pay thousands of dollars in fines after poaching a large, unique mule deer buck and then displaying the mount at a hunting expo...

As Wyo. drilling increased, grouse numbers declined October 21, 2016 Wyoming, WyoFile
... conclusions in the latest peer-reviewed study ... the study says that nearby oil and gas drilling “may also negatively affect other sagebrush-obligate species,” such as mule deer and elk, and that “active management of sagebrush habitats may be necessary to maintain some species.” ...

Wasting disease found in deer near Dubois October 19, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... the latest indication of the neurological disorder’s [chronic wasting disease] seemingly inexorable encroachment... about 30 miles from the Fish Creek Feedground, is the closest chronic wasting disease has ever been found to three elk feedgrounds in the Gros Ventre River drainage...

Deer decoy sting sluggish October 13, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... state wildlife officers Monday nabbed one poacher who couldn’t resist a roadside 8-point mule deer buck whose head swung from side to side.  The movements were electronic... The only person who saw the robotic mule deer was the man who shot it ...

Cody, Other ways to control deer population October 11, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Fertility control [for deer management in the city] would not be expensive if the G&F or the city communicated with wildlife researchers at the University of Wyoming’s Dept. of Zoology and Physiology ... G&F has stated that native PZP is not approved for use in deer. However, that is inaccurate. It can be used on an experimental basis while registration by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in process...

Wyoming No. 8 in nation for auto-wildlife crashes Septemer 22, 2016, Casper Star-Tribune Online
...  Wyoming have a 1 in 85 chance of colliding with a large animal like a deer ... West Virginia led the nation with a 1 in 41 chance ...

Hunters' Help Needed for CWD Management September 16, 2016 Wyoming, Basinsradio
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal disease caused by prions that impacts deer, elk, and moose has been documented across much of the state... Game and Fish really appreciates all members of the public who submit samples or report unhealthy looking animals ... Information on CWD ...

Cody council deliberates over deer September 13, 2016 Wyoming, Powell Tribune
 ... The council agreed to obtain a permit, but not to take any action until council members reviewed the permit and received public input.  “I feel like the population is stable, and I feel like this is going to be expensive,” said Councilman Stan Wolz. “For that reason, I won’t be supporting that motion.”  ... There are around 263 to 283 deer in Cody ...  its hovering around 300 within the city limits over the last five years. ...
     Council moves forward on plan to cull deer herd September 7, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... The permit process requires a detailed plan; one that should answer many questions posed by opponents who want the estimated 300 deer living in town to remain, with the possible exception of killing sick or injured deer for humane relief from suffering...

CWD cuts whitetails in Converse study September 7, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A long-running study near Glenrock foretells a dire future for whitetail deer populations that have been carrying chronic wasting disease for decades. Research headed by Dave Edmunds during his University of Wyoming ... suggests that the diseased whitetail east of Casper are declining 10 percent a year, and face extinction within half a century..,

Game and Fish predicts a solid hunting season September 3, 2016 Wyoming, Laramie Boomerang
... in southeast Wyoming ... forage levels benefited from a wet spring... Mule deer populations in the Laramie Region are below the population objective, even as fawn ratios are above the 10-year average ... about 70 fawns per 100 does...

Cody, Decision on urban deer herd coming September 2, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... On the question of whether people support the culling method using “best practices” by the CPD, the message was less clear, with 56 percent approving and 44 percent in opposition. For the question of whether they would allow the CPD to access their property to harvest deer, 52 percent marked yes...

... Chronic wasting disease has caused significant declines in east-central Wyoming white-tailed deer populations, according to new research published this week by University of Wyoming scientists... "We found that CWD drastically reduced annual survival rates in the deer population, especially in females," ...

Green River, Residents can solve deer issue August 31, 2016 Wyoming, Green River Star
...gardeners should design their gardens to make it difficult for deer to access, as well as grow plants that don’t agree with a deer’s diet. These more passive approaches won’t be overnight successes, but if continued pressure on the population through their food source continues for an extended amount of time, the number of deer in Green River will naturally decrease...

Injured GR deer helped August 31, 2016 Wyoming, Green River Star
... The buck was laying down and I could see its antler was broken ... tranquilized the deer... set to work cutting the antler off just above the burr... an antiseptic spray was put on the wound to prevent infection ... [later]:   saw the deer, who he now calls “stubby” ... “He was just bouncing around with his buddies,” ...

... Archers can no longer take “any deer” in hunt areas open to hunting with a general license during the special archery season ... 

Let’s stand together on migration corridors August 27, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune
... big game migration corridors in Wyoming are vital to healthy wildlife populations. The public needs to know there is an ongoing effort for all stakeholders to work together toward a solution... With climate change likely to produce more drought years in these key stopover areas in the future, the implications for deer nutrition, fitness, fertility and the long-term welfare of their populations are not good...

The Rock Springs management plan deserves better August 26, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... significant scientific research and updated BLM guidance has emerged, rendering any new management plan outdated by the anticipated 2017 release... n 2014, the Wyoming Migration Initiative revealed extraordinary research concluding that several thousand mule deer migrate 150 miles from the Red Desert to the Wyoming Range every year — the longest known ungulate migration route in the lower 48 states...

Green River, Second deer survey? August 24, 2016 Wyoming, Green River Star
... This would be the second survey sent out to residents on the same subject. According to Green River Police Chief Chris Steffen, the first survey conducted about two years ago showed the city at a pretty even split between those in favor of culling the herd and those in favor of leaving the deer alone...

State wildlife corridors rouse discussion August 23, 2015 Wyoming, Casper Journal
...   A new program to protect wildlife migration corridors raised concerns from the Petroleum Association of Wyoming ...  the Ungulate Migration Corridor Strategy ... to conserve and protect corridors being challenged by encroachment and development...  
Cody, Survey will help determine fate of town deer August 22, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Cody people have until Friday to answer a four-question survey that could determine the fate of deer accustomed to living in city limits.  Results will help city officials decide whether to pursue a Wyoming Fish and Game permit for lethal taking of wildlife...

Coal leasing reform benefits wildlife and ranchers August 21, 2016 Wyoming, The Hill 
... Taxpayers could be left holding the bag for more than $3 billion in mine cleanup costs, without which important wildlife species, like mule deer, pronghorn, and sage grouse, will continue to decline due to degraded and fragmented habitat. ... Under the 40-year old Federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, many coal companies were originally permitted to “self-bond” ...

Industry group expresses concerns about migration corridor effort August 20, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
...  “Game and Fish has started researching possible corridors, and our concerns are the number of corridors, and how much land they will affect in Wyoming, is very unclear,” ...  its first review, involving the Red Desert to Hoback Junction mule deer corridor in south-central Wyoming ...

Elk poaching case near Hyattville comes to close August 15, 2016 Wyoming CodyEnterprise.com
... The highly publicized death of 16 elk, just seven legally, occurred the day after Thanksgiving in 2015... Cases were brought against hunters who exceeded their limits and left carcasses to rot...

...  cited for her work in the Wyoming Range, particularly prescribed fire, mechanical treatments, research, and invasive species control to enhance habitat for mule deer. ...


Wyoming wildfires put strain on wildlife August 7, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... In the Shoshone National Forest, where the Lava Mountain Fire is burning, Rene Schell of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Lander field office said larger game animals like bears, elk and deer will most likely survive...

Wyoming data:  Severe winter of 2016-17 west of the continental divide will result in lower mule deer populations.  An estimated 353,000 mule deer and about 70,000 white-tails in 2015, total population of 423,000.  About 340,000 mule deer and 60,000 white-tails in 2014, total population of 400,000. The 2016 Hunting Forecast provides details. Deer populations were generally somewhat up in 2015 and 2016 after three mild winters that resulted in good fawn survival.  Good rainfall in 2016.  The harsh 2016-17 winter will reduce populations.  Deer populations are in fair shape in the north. Mule deer populations are up in the central part of the state but down in the west.  White-tails numbers are up in the Black Hills, but still down in some other areas from the 2014 EHD outbreak.  Mule deer antler restrictions were lifted in many regions. Mule deer populations are up in the Green River area and the northern Big Horn. Populations down in the southern Bighorn Basin from habitat decline, weather, and disease.  Follow the Wyoming Migration Study
     In 2013 the state had an estimated 63,000 white-tails and 374,000 mule deer, 369,000 mule deer in 2012.  The harsh winter of 2013-14 reduced the herd.  A total population of about 578,000 in 1991. Mule deer populations in Wyoming have been on the decline since the late 1980s. According to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies mule deer populations "declined by an estimated 168,000 (31 percent) since 2000. After the 2011 hunting seasons, it was estimated there were 376,000 mule deer in the state."  About 544,000 mule deer in the year 2000. Harsh winters in 1978-79, 1983-84 (resulting in a population crash), and 1992-93, reduced populations, also a severe outbreak of EHD in 2012 reduced white-tail populations.  Few fawns survived harsh winters in 2010 and 2011.  
     A study as part of the Mule Deer Initiative has explored why mule deer are not reaching their population goals. Reasons include drought, development, chronic wasting disease, and poor fawn production which has declined by about 20 percent in the last 25 years. To sustain hunting the herd needs about 66 fawns per 100 does, but the ratio has been below that since 1990. In 2012 it was at 63. The state is about 35 percent below objective.  Reduced stands of mahogany, a crucial winter food supply, has contributed to the mule deer population decline.
      Some deer migrate 170 miles in the Wyoming range. Over hunting on public land, habitat loss and fragmentation, and energy development are all thought to be contributing causes of the decline. Mule deer populations are generally in better shape on private land. Antelope populations have been on a steady decline over the last few years.  Hunting statistics
     Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first identified in 1978 in deer at the Wyoming Fish and Game Department’s Sybille wildlife research facility.  In 2016 CWD was moving west toward Yellowstone.  A recent study concludes that "diseased whitetail east of Casper are declining 10 percent a year, and face extinction within half a century."
     At least 544 wolves in 2015.
     Moose populations are generally in decline with an exception of the Snowy Range herd.

The Stop Poaching Tip Line is 877-WGFD-TIP.  Or report online.

Other useful links:
- Wyoming Mule Deer Plan  - 2014 Mule Deer Migration on Pinedale Anticline 
- MuleyFanatic.com Mule deer organization in southwestern Wyoming
Platte Valley Habitat Partnership's (PVHP) Mule Deer Habitat Plan April, 2013
- Citizens for the Wyoming Range    - BLM Mule Deer Habitat Program
- Wyoming Game and Fish Department    - Facebook page
Wyoming Migration InitiativeAdvancing the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Wyoming's migratory ungulates by conducting innovative research and sharing scientific information through public outreach. 

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The mule deer has been the most abundant big game animal in the west for nearly a decade. Now the species is in crisis and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is conducting a study to find out why. Deer Project leader Matt Hayes of the University of Wyoming sees that mule deer populations in an area south of Rock Springs are declining while elk populations are rising and investigates this dynamic. - June 21, 2016