Wyoming Deer Population:  An estimated 423,000 deer in 2015, up from 400,000 in 2015.  The population is trending higher after three mild winters.  A total population of about 578,000 in 1991.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Wyoming deer harvest data and news archive.

Wyoming Deer News

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...

2016 Hunting Forecast  August 5, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Wildlife Federation
... Improved fawn recruitment is helping break the trend of depressed mule deer ... three years good overwinter survival in the Jackson area ... Mule deer in very southern Wyoming from Savery to Mountain View did suffer winter mortality ... both mule deer and whitetail populations in the Black Hills hit a 10-year low in 2012, numbers have been improving ...

Why Research Matters to Mountain Lions in Wyoming July 27, 2016 National Geographic
... Since 2007, Wyoming has been aggressively trying to reduce its mountain lions in many areas to support mule deer populations and reduce real and perceived risks to people... Research-driven management can help managers with tough decisions. In our study area, we’ve found that the local mountain lion population has declined by 47% over the last 8-10 years...

Game and Fish puts focus on growing mule deer herds here July 25, 2016 Wyoming,  Wyoming Tribune
... Platte Valley ... the herd was estimated to have about 13,000 members during the winter. The objective is set at 16,000... growing since 2011-12 ... a higher ratio of fawns to does due to a series of mild winters and a habitat with sufficient moisture... more conservative hunting seasons have also played a part...

Laramie Boomerang
...  the herd was estimated to have about 13,000 members during the winter. The objective is set at 16,000.  That number has been growing since 2011-2012, Schultz said, which he credited to a higher ratio of fawns to does due to a series of mild winters and a habitat with sufficient moisture. He said more conservative hunting seasons have also played a part...

Super Tag raffles winners announced, over $664000 generated for Wyoming wildlife July 19, 2016 Wyoming, KGWN
... separate raffles are held for bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, elk, wild bison, deer, antelope, black bear and mountain lion licenses...

Researchers Study The Success Of The Snowy Range Moose Herd July 15, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... Most moose herds in Wyoming are in decline, but the Snowy Range Moose herd appears to be an exception. After a moose re-introduction in northern Colorado, they started showing up in the Snowy Range Mountains west of Laramie in the 1980s...

Mule deer management meetings scheduled July 13, 2016 Wyoming, The Saratoga Sun Homepage
... “a series of collaborative meetings to discuss mule deer management in the Platte Valley” will be held between July 18 and July 21...

Mapping the Migrations of the Greater Yellowstone July 13, 2016 Wyoming, blog.nature.org
... At the recent “Invisible Boundaries” exhibit opening on migrations at National Geographic Headquarters, ecologist Arthur Middleton explained how migrations are the arteries of this landscape and this mapping effort represents no less than understanding the pulse of one of the few remaining largely intact ecosystems in North America...

Fawn euthanized after being adopted by Cheyenne family July 9, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle News
... Animal Control believed the fawn was the offspring of a doe that had been killed by a car nearby, and an Animal Control officer helped the family retrieve the deer to keep temporarily, as the agency didn’t have a place for the fawn... KGWN-TV did a story on the family caring for the deer, and that’s when Game and Fish came in ... said Lucky had to be euthanized...

Mule deer unbottled by Lynch habitat gift July 8, 2016 Wyoming, WyoFile
... a 364-acre gift from The Conservation Fund ... keeping a “bottleneck” open on the longest mule deer migration path in the Lower 48.  The property near the outlet of Fremont Lake just outside Pinedale ... purchased by The Conservation Fund for $1.7 million and rehabilitated with another $400,000 of the group’s funds...

Cody, City of Cody discusses deer culling July 7, 2016 Wyoming, 8 News KULR8
... The city of Cody may kill half of its deer population if an online survey indicates people are in favor of a plan to cull the town herd. That survey will probably be posted on the city website this month...

... mature buck was shot on Friday, June 24 or Saturday, June 25. The carcass was found near a limestone outcropping that is popular with four-wheel-drive enthusiasts in a steep ravine north of the paved portion of Roger Canyon Road...

New invasive grass shows up in Wyoming June 28, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Wiregrass grows in the winter, while native plants are still dormant. It gobbles up nutrients and water from the soil, leaving less for local plants. Over time it can completely take over. This affects everything from hay farming to mule deer populations...

Mule Deer Population Rebounding After Good Rainfall June 28, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... the state’s mule deer population is growing because of good moisture during the spring and early summer the past three years. ... The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports that the state’s mule deer population has gone down by 39 percent between 1991 and 2013... 

New research details how big game follow spring green-up June 21, 2016 Wyoming,
Phys
... movement data from 10 populations of five species—bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, moose and bison—in western Wyoming and eastern Utah. … ... While biologists long have thought that animals essentially "surf the green wave" of new plant growth from low-elevation winter range to high-elevation summer range, the new research has measured how precisely the animal movements are aligned with the green-up...

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


On the Path of Yellowstone's Elk June 21, 2016 Wyoming, The Atlantic
... tracking mule deer herds ... we discovered that half of those deer were migrating some 150 miles... Because individual herds pass down knowledge of migration routes from one generation to the next, migration’s success depends on the land remaining mostly free of obstructions—once a migration route is blocked, animals do not simply learn another way, but tend to cease migrating altogether...

Cody, Speak up on deer management June 20, 2016 Wyoming,  Cody Enterprise
... In 2010 the Urban Deer Task force was created ... written survey was sent out ... about half the respondents indicating they would like to have a deer management plan developed to reduce the deer population. ...

Industry groups say drilling changes have aided wildlife June 14, 2016 Wyoming, Akron Beacon Journal (blog)
... The report, Gaining Ground: Industry Innovation Reduces Impacts on Sage-Grouse and Big Game, documents that a single horizontal well now takes the place of 8 to 16 vertical wells ... guiding the policy in Wyoming to manage big game migration corridors and to safeguard valuable wildlife resources ...

CWD kills deer in Star Valley June 8, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A dead doe deer found near Star Valley Ranch in February was recently discovered to be carrying CWD... “This one came out of the blue. We don’t really have any idea where it came from.” ... Wyoming now has chronic wasting disease literally border to border ...
     A doe mule deer near Thayne was found dead and a Wyoming Game and Fish Department employee sent it to the Wildlife Health Laboratory in Laramie for testing, and it came back positive for CWD. The mule deer was found near Thayne  in deer hunt area 145.  West of the continental divide, a moose tested positive for CWD in Star Valley in 2008 and in 2012 three mule deer tested positive in the city limits of Green River...

Cody, Culling the herd June 8, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Five years ago, Cody City Council members took measures to help control the local deer population...  Annual counts show the number in town go up and down year to year. But overall the urban deer population remains fairly consistent ... If Cody were to obtain the permit, the plan is to have a CPD sharpshooter harvest during the winter...

Backyard meals kill Star Valley mule deer June 7, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... Five of seven dead mule deer collected last winter in the Star Valley Ranch area showed signs of rumenitis, a condition that can result from ungulates getting into birdseed and other human-provided food that’s too rich for their digestive systems...

The Sheridan Press 
... Wyoming’s Wildlife Habitat Management Areas provide crucial winter habitat ... There are four WHMAs within the Sheridan Region located along the east slope of the Bighorn Mountains with all originally established to provide crucial wildlife winter range for elk and mule deer... 

Stay away from newborn wildlife May 26, 2016 Wyoming, The Sheridan Press 
... Most mammal mothers hide their young and return to them periodically to nurse ...  state and federal laws prohibit people from adopting newborn wildlife ...

S Ashley - 2016 Wyoming
...  Studies have shown that the carcasses of dead deer are frequently visited by living deer during decomposition and that CWD can be transmitted for up to two years after death.   The presence of scavengers on a landscape could be problematic to disease control if remains are scattered but may prove helpful if the rate of decomposition is significantly expedited....

Pronghorn and mule deer use of underpasses and overpasses along US Highway 191  H Sawyer, PA Rodgers, T Hart - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2016 Wyoming
... Of those highway crossings, 79% of mule deer moved under, whereas 93% of pronghorn moved over the highway ... we documented a 64–306% increase in the amount of back-and-forth movement of mule deer and pronghorn across the highway during migration periods. Such movement flexibility is presumed to improve their ability to respond to changing environmental conditions by easily accessing habitats on either side of the highway....

... Deer and pronghorn have, likely for millennia, traveled between winter and summer ranges over an area now split by Highway 191. Fences used to line the highway to prevent cattle from crossing, but wildlife inevitably moved over or under the wires and onto the highways. Now they are funneled by tall fencing to one of two overpasses or six underpasses...

Follow deer migration on social media sites May 18, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
...New big game corridors are being mapped annually in Wyoming, pinpointing the dramatic migrations that biologists and outfitters have seen clues of for decades ... Game and Fish’s identification of “vital” migration habitat relies on gathering state-of-the-art GPS data to delineate corridors....

... 6 underpasses and 2 overpasses  ... 79% of mule deer moved under, whereas 93% of pronghorn moved over ... Wildlife-vehicle collisions were reduced by 81% ...

Pinedale conservation easement called a win for wildlife May 13, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Business Report
... located approximately four miles west of the Sublette County seat along U.S. Highway 191, encompasses the 1,268-acre Fenn Ranch ... will be held and enforced by the Nature Conservancy ... Elk, mule deer, moose and greater sage-grouse populations will utilize the easement ...

UW works to find out why mule deer population drops May 5, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Tribune
... The $1.3 million study, called the Deer-Elk Ecology Research project, or D.E.E.R. project, is focused on the herd in the southwest corner of the state that regularly travels into Colorado and Utah, said Mark Zornes, Wyoming Game and Fish wildlife management coordinator.  “It’s down about 6,000 to 7,000 deer,” ...

Snowy Range road closure period extended May 3, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Business Report
... Beginning this fall, a small portion of the U.S. Forest Service road system in the southeast boundary of the Snowy Range will have its seasonal motorized access closure period extended ... By limiting motorized access, the modifications are designed to improve crucial big game habitat primarily for elk and mule deer ...

... This prohibits a person who intentionally takes a plane or drone out to find animals to hunt them ...

KK Crane, JC Mosley, TK Mosley, RA Frost, MA Smith… - … Ecology & Management, 2016
... We evaluated elk foraging site selection during spring across 4 years and 59,040 ha [hectare] of foothill and mountain rangeland in northwestern Wyoming and west-central Montana ...  Our results indicate that resource managers can use targeted cattle grazing in summer − early fall to purposely modify elk forage conditions to 1) increase elk foraging efficiency in spring, 2) lure elk away from places needing rest or deferment from spring elk grazing, or 3) lure elk away from places where elk in spring are experiencing conflicts with humans, predators, or other wildlife....

Maintain 11K Jackson elk April 25, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... The actual number of elk has been within 20 percent of the objective since 1998... The portion of the herd that spends summers in the southern, more developed portion of Jackson Hole has ballooned, while long-distance migrants that venture all the way to the Teton Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park have dwindled...

Forget athlete bios, new research project creates deer profiles April 24, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... one Wyoming wildlife project is ... allowing people to “adopt” a deer... for a price, someone can pay for a tracking collar and some of the costs of research that go along with that deer. A webpage will then be created for the specific animal ... [see the groups Facebook page]

Wyoming Mule Deer Project Open for Public Comments April 22, 2016 My Country 95.5
... Wyoming Game and Fish are asking for the public’s comments on their Mule Deer Project

For the first time in 22 years, a review of what the population objective should be for one of Wyoming’s most iconic mule deer herds is being offered to the public for their comment. Category Science & Technology - April 22, 2016 Wyoming


Mild winter means good Wyoming hunting April 20, 2016 Wyoming Tribune-Eagle News
... deer and antelope populations are growing statewide. Elk numbers statewide remain above objectives ... 2016 Hunting Forecast

Big Game Herd Objective Review Meetings April 19, 2016 Wyoming Game and Fish Department
   Game and Fish periodically reviews wildlife herd objectives to determine if they are appropriate.  The Wyoming Range mule deer herd includes hunt areas 134, 135, 143, 144 and 145. The Lincoln moose herd includes hunt areas 26, 33, 36 and 40.  The Sublette antelope herd includes hunt areas 85-93, 96 and 107. Management of these hunt areas is shared by the Jackson, Lander, Pinedale and Green River Game and Fish regional staff.   There will be three public meetings in southwest Wyoming.

Conservation, wildlife groups make fences wildlife-friendly April 18, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle News
... As animals such as deer and pronghorns try to access feeding areas, calving areas and migration routes, they sometimes can be caught in barbed wire fencing, which can be a mortal entanglement...  Removing the fifth wire should minimize the risk ...

...  In one area of Wyoming, the mule deer population has fallen by 40 percent in the past 15 years — coinciding, the report says, with a fracking boom in the Pinedale Mesa region...

Shot near the Bozeman Trail in Wyoming. - April 14, 2016


Deer poacher sentenced April 12, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide Newspaper
... abandoned a trophy mule deer he shot and killed without permission on private land ... $1,320 in fines and fees, had his hunting privileges revoked for two years ...

World-Class Buck Poached: Jail Time? April 11, 2016 Wyoming, Eastmans' Official Blog - Eastmans' Hunting Journals
... The deer was well known in the Hoback Ranch area where many people had watched and photographed this particular deer for many years. One of the defining features, besides the antlers, was that the deer had a bullet hole through its right ear....

$2.5M investment to benefit mule deer herds April 11, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Business Report
... commission committed to invest $2.5 million in this initiative during the next five years. The round of investments for mule deer supports eight new herds projects as well as two ongoing projects — including the Baggs Mule Deer Working Group — that will enhance more than 13,000 acres of key habitat...

Wolves kill 19 sick elk in Wyoming April 10, 2016 Idaho State Journal
 ... wolves will abandon a kill if the perceive something wrong ... They return many times until it is consumed. Wolves almost always give up their elk if people come and drag them away and tromp around leaving lots of human scent. This likely happened at McNeel feedlot... Beset by hoof rot, the usually fleet elk could not run. Elk that winter naturally rarely get this disease...

Rawling, City closing in on wildlife management policy April 7, 2016 Wyoming, rawlinstimes.com
... Before any policy is adopted, it must face a public hearing...  “relocation is not an option” and the “predominance of chronic wasting disease in town’s deer population.” ... A take permit “allows ... baiting the deer and allowing for a smaller caliber of bullet, which is “safer in an urban setting.” ...

... As animals such as deer and pronghorns try to access feeding areas, calving areas and migration routes, they sometimes can be caught in barbed wire fencing, which can be a mortal entanglement... people can learn more about the projects by going to www.wyomingwildlife.org
... Thirteen thousand years ago, bison, deer and elk shared the landscape with American lions, ground sloths, dire wolves and the massive Columbian mammoth — larger, at up to 10 tons, than its arctic relative the woolly mammoth...

Unusual mule deer poached in Wyoming, found at Utah expo March 31, 2016 Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Wyoming Game and Fish Department game wardens filed an affidavit Tuesday stating Nathan Strong admitted to shooting the well-known, non-typical mule deer out of season with a white-tailed deer tag....

Wolves kill 19 elk in one night on southwest Wyoming feedground March 25, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... A pack of wolves killed 19 elk Tuesday night on the McNeel Elk Feedground near Bondurant in an event not seen before in Wyoming... It could be what is called a surplus killing, Lund said, where wolves kill more animals than they can eat in a night...
     Wyoming elk kill stokes frustration about wolf protections March 25, 2016 Idaho Statesman
...Wolves eat a lot of large prey, averaging as many as 22 ungulates — elk, antelope, deer or moose — a year. And wolves often kill without eating their prey. But Game and Fish has never documented wolves killing so many elk without eating the animals ...

... the deer she collared with a GPS tracker ... Its 45-mile trek to winter range included more than 2,000 vertical feet of climbing. It was a path Dewey hadn’t yet seen.  This newly discovered migration route is one of four recently documented in an effort to better understand where Grand Teton’s mule deer go when they leave the park...

Roads Opening Earlier In Effort To Make Antler Rush Safer March 22, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... The antler rush takes place each year on May 1st, and is the first time people can collect antlers dropped by elk and deer in the National Forest... Last year, a boat capsized and a horse was killed crossing the river at night...

Mule deer tracking: GPS assists with monitoring March 21, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Although the Cody-area herds aren’t declining like the ones to the south ... the migration study might complement current research about the problem herds... mule-deer collaring project ... GPS signals from the deer will be relayed via satellite to offices in Laramie and Lander, where scientists will compile the information in order to map migration routes...

New study hopes to discover mysterious migration routes of Wyo mule deer March 18, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Iconic herds that drew hunters and wildlife viewers from across the globe now struggle under a combination of drought, development, disease and predation... scientists are beginning to understand that identifying and protecting the land where deer spend their summers — and the route they use to get there — could be key to animals’ continued survival...

Ecology is a fragile thing March 17, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Tribune
...Until deer in Wyoming and Colorado began to come down with it, CWD was unknown in the U.S.... the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance alerts hunters to areas where herds may exist that include infected animals. Wyoming counties from Albany to Weston are on the Alliance’s watch list...

Wildlife managers to preview hunts March 15, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s proposals for big game hunting seasons in the Jackson Hole area show that overall relatively little is slated to change...  Two hunt areas south of Jackson — 151 and 152 — would debut new doe or fawn whitetail deer hunting seasons ...

Trapping, tracking deer important for Wyoming March 9, 2016 Laramie Boomerang
... The Wyoming Migration Initiative, started in 2012, is mapping the long migrations of animals in the Yellowstone National Park area ... www.migrationinitiative.org ... part of the project will start with a week-long collaring effort of 90 deer ... The 150-mile trek is nearly identical every year and is dictated by the need for food...

Signs help prevent car-deer collisions March 9, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Preventing crashes between vehicles and deer .... The signs are solar powered and a triangle lights up at night...  lighted signs make people aware so they slow down ...

... the department confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck mule deer that was found dead southeast of Lander. CWD is a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose...

New fence standards sought to protect wildlife March 7, 2016 Wyoming, Billings Gazette
...Supports say unsafe fences are killing elk, mule deer and pronghorn. Researchers say fawns and calves are eight times more likely to die in a fence than adults ...

A cheap and effective way to keep deer and cars apart first identified in Wyoming is being tried on Cannock chase in the United Kingdom - March 3, 2016


WGFD Seeking Public Comment on CWD February 29, 2016 Wyoming, mybighornbasin
.. After considering public comments and feedback and updating its draft chronic wasting disease plan the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is again seeking public comments...The public can view the draft plan on the Game and Fish website. Comments will be accepted online or by mail. [until April 1] ...

AGFC addresses state's CWD issue March 1, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... The AGFC held the meeting to brief the community on the CWD sampling efforts, which will occur largely on private land. To that end, the AGFC also sought permission from landowners to allow AGFC personnel to their land for sampling, or to kill deer and elk on their property for sampling themselves...

Rawlins, Officials pursuing city wildlife management policy  February 25, 2016 Wyoming, Rawlinstimes
... “In Wyoming, we’re not going to get all the deer eradicated and we’re not ever going to get away from having deer in our community because there’s migration trails,” he said. “We’re always going to have deer here, geese and skunks here. It’s just how we manage those and where’s that magical number where wildlife and citizens can live together.” ...

... Laramie Ranger District’s proposal would extend existing seasonal road closures by about three months ... winter range, transition habitat, and fawning and calving areas. It is crucial to local deer and elk herds...

Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Working Group To Meet Monday February 18, 2016 Wyoming, Hot Country Q 96
... For more information on past Working Group meetings and processes, please visit the Game and Fish website at https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Regional-Offices/Lander-Region/Lander-Green-Mountain-Mule-Deer-Working-Group...

Big Horn Basin included in landmark mule deer study February 18, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... The real-time data from these collars allow researchers to do something new for wildlife research in Wyoming: They will share what they learn with the public as collared deer migrate through one of the wildest areas of the continental United States.  From late March through mid-summer, the collaborators will post maps of these migrations weekly on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #wyodeer...

Researchers plan one of the largest mule deer studies in the state February 17, 2016 Wyoming, Billings Gazette
... “The goal is, once we map where the corridors are, then we’re going to overlay the corridors with land ownership and land use and get a look at where some of the potential threats might exist for those corridors and also those conservation opportunities.”  Mule deer populations in Wyoming have declined about 35 percent since 1990 ...
     New research program targets 5 deer migrations February 18, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A research effort on the east side of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem ... Where the herds travel in spring and fall — at least precisely — is now an unknown ... tracking the deers’ movements with GPS collars as spring progresses ...

Picking up the dead left by wasting disease February 17, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... If the dead elk (or deer or moose) is suspected of having perished from chronic wasting disease ... The reason incineration is necessary and may be preferable to dumping animals in a landfill: Prions, the contorted proteins that cause chronic wasting disease, are hard to destroy. They can leach into soils and persist indefinitely if carcasses of infected animals are left to decompose on the ground...

These mule deer, including a big 190 buck, are chased from their winter beds by a pair of domestic dogs in Wyoming. Simply surviving winter conditions is enough of a challenge for wildlife without being harassed. - February 12, 2016


Wyoming won't legalize mountain lion trapping February 11, 2016 Reveal
... The vote occurred against a backdrop of growing concern about the grisly and unintended consequences of trapping, which has injured and killed dozens of species by mistake in recent years, as Reveal reported last month...state Rep. Jim Allen and others who pitched it as a way to help increase mule deer numbers...

Decreasing numbers of mule deer across the West a big concern February 10, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
...  much of the mule deer population has, in the last decade or so, literally nose-dived across most of the West. The bad news is we don’t know exactly why and there is no recovery in sight...

UW Science Inspires Mule Deer Conservation at Fremont Lake February 10, 2016 Wyoming, Gillette News Record
... researchers identified the Fremont Lake area near Pinedale as a chokepoint for roughly 5,000 migrating mule deer that pass through each spring and fall. The linchpin was a 364-acre parcel of private land that was available for development... The Conservation Fund completed the purchase by April 2015 ...

Wyoming’s Proposed Mountain Lion Trapping Bill Contradicts Science February 7, 2016 National Geographic Society 
... this bill was introduced to provide “additional tools” to reverse recent mule deer population declines, a valuable game species for Wyoming residents. In reality, the connection between mountain lions and mule deer population declines is tenuous at best. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has openly shared that mule deer declines are largely the result of other factors, including habitat loss and disruption to migration corridors. ...

Bill Would Legalize Mountain Lion Trapping February 6, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
...Newcastle Representative Hans Hunt is one of the bill’s sponsors. He says sportsmen and ranchers complain that mountain lions are hurting mule deer populations...

Plea shot down for alleged deer poacher February 4, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide Newspaper
... Three unhappy neighbors showed up for Wednesday’s court session, and all spoke against the deal... The trophy buck deer that was killed ... was a recognizable animal that the neighbors had come to know and that they enjoyed seeing in the neighborhood. ..

Green River, Residents encountering dead deer throughout Green River February 4, 2016 Wyoming, Green River Star
... This year is not any different from other years of heavy snowfall. Zornes said if the snowfall continues as it has been the past few days, the deer’s food supply, shrubbery, will continue to diminish...

... A Wyoming study attempting to understand the mule deer population decline in the southwestern part of the state has found a new killer of fawns — adenovirus hemorrhagic disease, or AHD...nof the 52 fawns collared for the study, there were 22 mortalities... 36 percent of the deaths were attributed to AHD. ...

Cody, Urban deer numbers show no real change February 3, 2016 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... After five years of counting it has been determined the size of the Cody in-city deer herd has barely fluctuated. “There are actually fewer deer than there were five years ago,” ... Some residents were concerned deer were proliferating ... Per-year numbers of deer include: 2011: 307 deer. 2012: 261. 2013: 296. 2014: 272. 2015: 290.

Deer surveys February 3, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Journal 
...  in the Black Hills and Cheyenne River Herd Units. After hitting what was probably a 30-plus year low in deer numbers in 2013, things have improved significantly the past two years, as fawn production and survival was outstanding again this year...

... The commission's action calls on state wildlife officials to continue identifying routes traveled twice annually by elk, antelope and mule deer ...The Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) has said the oil/gas industry can work within the guidelines...

... The guidelines approved Thursday by the state Game and Fish Commission call on state wildlife officials to continue to identify routes traveled twice a year by thousands of elk, antelope and mule deer. Tracking technology has enabled scientists in Wyoming and elsewhere to map such routes with increasing precision ...

Cody, 290 Deer Located in Cody January 25, 2016 Wyoming, mybighornbasin
... A total of 290 deer, 283 mule and seven white tail ... Mule deer fawn:dow ratios were 76:100 in city limits, and 39:100 outside city limits...

Relatively unknown disease killing deer in Wyoming Range January 23, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune
... The fawns just curled up and died ...  tested for adenovirus, a relatively new, little-known disease he had seen before in California.  The tests came back positive ... Since the fawns in the Wyoming Range turned up positive, Game and Fish has received adenovirus positive tests on fawn deaths in the Star Valley area...

Bill pushes lion trapping January 23, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide Newspaper
... In Allen’s corner of Wyoming ... he claims that lion populations have swelled and created a “predator pit” that’s taken a toll on mule deer and bighorn sheep.  In the Jackson Hole area, by contrast, research by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project has found that lion numbers are in a steady long-term decline...

Mule deer populations are in decline throughout much of the western U.S., including some populations here in Wyoming. One area is in western Wyoming, where a first-of-its kind study is now in its third year. - January 19, 2016 Wyoming


Baiting and feeding ban January 17, 2016 Wyoming, Starjournalnow
... a baiting and feeding ban will begin in ... in Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties. The DNR mentioned that this upcoming ban was triggered by the identification of a deer that tested positive for CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease)...

State delays CWD plans January 16, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... The management plan for chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is up for review for the first time in a decade... CWD was detected for the first time in seven new deer or elk hunt areas this year...

A mule deer doe, previously tagged by Wyoming Game and Fish biologists, volunteers and game wardens in 2015, brings her two fawns into the apple pulp. Biologists are now focusing their trapping and tagging efforts on buck mule deer, so they can learn more about their migration patterns and how they are affected by their habitat conditions. - January 15, 2016


The winter is the best time to see wildlife in Wyoming January 9, 2016 The Augusta Chronicle
...  elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer, antelope, bison and other creatures are widely dispersed throughout Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and the nearby national forests.  During the winter, however, they are forced by snow and cold weather out of the high country into the valleys, where they congregate and compete for survival...

Watchdogs say gas plan threatens deer, fish January 6, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... At issue is a plan from True Oil, of Casper, to drill two wells on two well pads about 50 miles south of Jackson ...  stress associated with human activity in this area where mule deer are known to fawn will further impact this deer population,” Game and Fish ...

Watchdogs say gas plan threatens deer, fish January 6, 2015 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... “We have concerns that stress associated with human activity in this area where mule deer are known to fawn will further impact this deer population,” Game and Fish Deputy Director John Kennedy wrote on behalf of the department. “Because of the importance of the proposed area for elk it is likely that drilling activities will impact this population ....”

Game and Fish managers to talk mule deer January 4, 2016 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... population objective for the Sublette Herd was ...32,000 animals. The last estimate was 26,000...  a target size of 50,000 animals, the Wyoming Range Herd ... last estimate was 34,000 deer ...

WGFD Discuss Mule Deer Habitat December 20, 2015 Wyoming, Jackson Hole. Media
... The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) invites the public to join them in discussions about the management of mule deer and their habitat in the Jackson and Pinedale regions. [Jan. 5, 6, 7] ...

Game and Fish releases draft plan to address CWD December 19, 2015 Wyoming, Laramie Boomerang
... The Wyoming Game and Fish Department released a draft plan to manage chronic wasting disease, and the department is seeking public comment.
The comment period runs through Jan. 5... see the plan

Dogs, deer clash on levee December 19, 2015 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide Newspaper 
... A pet dog harassing a buck deer along the Snake River this week got more than it bargained for when it became connected to the animal’s antlers by its collar and got tossed around... The out-of-control pet earned its owner two citations ...

Chronic Wasting Disease kills 19% of deer herd annually December 15, 2015 Wyoming, WyoFile 
... “I estimated that CWD was causing a 19 percent annual reduction in the population ...Potentially, in 41 years, it would be locally extinct.” ...  wildlife managers have long suspected CWD as a principle agent in the ravaged Converse herd ...

Reward Offered for Details on Recent Illegal Deer Kills December 15, 2015 Wyoming, Sheridan Media
... five deer that were killed recently, illegally, in Sheridan County and left to rot... occurred over an 11-day period, from November 26 to Dec. 6, at five different locations – off Keystone Road, off Upper Cat Creek Road, Off the Pass Creek Road, west of the Decker Highway along the Wyoming/Montana state line and near Acme on state land...

Southwest Wyoming's outdoor riches must be conserved December 14, 2015 Casper Star-Tribune Online
... The Rock Springs office of the BLM is revising its Resource Management Plan, which will guide decisions on such things as oil and gas development, wildlife habitat, grazing and recreation on the public lands for the next couple decades ... The Wyoming Wildlife Federation is submitting several recommendations ...  important migration corridors; ... wildlife-friendly fencing  ...

New feedground plan bans anti-wolf efforts December 9, 2015 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... The Bridger-Teton National Forest has asked the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to change its management plans to prohibit killing wolves that are preying on elk gathered at forestland feedgrounds...

... The Park Service estimates about 10,000 to 20,000 elk use the park for summer grazing... “In 2000, 24 percent of the herd came out of the park. In 2013 it was 77 percent and there’s been a steady rise...

Game and Fish using helicopter to survey big game herds December 4, 2015 Wyoming, Basinsradio
... By using the deer fawn ratios, managers can monitor how fast a population is growing or perhaps decreasing. The number of bucks tells managers how the herds are holding up to our current hunting pressure and harvest. Wildlife managers look at the number of yearling bucks in the herd as a measure of how fawns from last year fared over the past winter...

Hunter's choices result in fines and loss of hunting privileges December 4, 2015 Wyoming Game and Fish Department
 poaching case in the Wyoming Range where mule deer are highly sought after by hunters...deer are managed for higher buck ratios and buck quality ...sentenced to two days in jail, loss of hunting privileges for three years, fined $920 for taking an over-limit of deer and accessory to transfer of deer license ...

Deer taken in area was infected with Chronic Wasting Disease December 2, 2015 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
...  The first reported case of Chronic Wasting Disease  in the immediate Cody area has been confirmed and the hunter who bagged the animal is concerned he did not learn the whitetail deer was afflicted until after his family ate some of its meat...

More mahogany for mule deer December 1, 2015 Wyoming, Buffalo Bulletin
... A combination of factors has played against mule deer populations, but a crucial piece of the mule deer’s winter food supply – mahogany – has been a key player in that decline...Mahogany, a crucial part of the mule deer’s winter food supply, has been out-competed with encroaching conifer stands that kill the mahogany by blocking out sunlight...

New plan aimed at slowing spread of deadly disease November 30, 2015 Wyoming, Star Tribune
... “The big thing we need to point out here -- there’s no silver bullet for curing CWD. The best we can do is work on surveillance and address its spread and look at how to mitigate it in adjoining areas,” said Scott Edberg, Game and Fish’s deputy chief of the Wildlife Division...

Chronic wasting disease November 27, 2015 Wyoming, Powell Tribune
... A new case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) was discovered recently in a Park County white-tail deer in deer Hunt Area 112, southwest of Cody... A total of 1,632 deer, elk, and moose samples were analyzed in 2014 ... 110 tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Wildlife bio uses hunting season to collect valuable data November 26, 2015 Wyoming, Billings Gazette
... “Age correlates with antler development in the north Bighorn (Mountains)," he said. "If there are lots of young animals being harvested, we probably need to reduce the harvest to enable the deer to grow older. Most hunters prefer to shoot a nice buck and deer don't achieve maximum antler growth until they are 4 to 8 years old...

Wildlife migration: Is there a path to policy? November 23, 2015 Wyoming, WyoFile
...  the exact routes of wildlife across these jurisdictions can be plotted on maps. Now that science has identified the most crucial habitat areas for migratory deer on the Red Desert-to-Hoback route, the question is whether that science can be used to create conservation policy that works for all stakeholders...

Mule Deer Struggling To "Surf The Green Wave" Of Migration November 20, 2015 Wyoming Public Media
... Rock Springs ...over the past couple decades we've pumped over $4 million into habitat treatments and other sorts of efforts to help bolster that mule deer population ...but with seemingly no benefit... herds that can’t migrate in search of the most nutritious grasses just end up smaller in number, plain and simple ...

Officials find fatal disease in deer near Yellowstone November 18, 2015 Wyoming, KTVB
... a buck whitetail deer killed Nov. 1 in a hunting area about 25 miles east of Yellowstone has tested positive for chronic wasting disease....

Chronic Wasting Disease vaccine fails elk test November 17, 2015 Wyoming, WyoFile
...  The state wildlife veterinarian told Wyoming Game and Fish commissioners that a vaccine to fight Chronic Wasting Disease appears to have failed in a test among live elk... Dr. Mary Wood cautioned that her findings are preliminary ... see presentation to the commission in video below, shows the whole commission meeting including wildelife corridors


Deer tempt trigger-happy hunters November 14, 2015 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... four Idaho hunters who ventured across the state line into Wyoming last month to take a shot at a roadside buck.  Unfortunately for the hunters, their target was a robotic decoy.... 40 percent rate of hunters illegally shooting at the decoy deer ...

Buck mule deer season ends with successful, happy hunters November 11, 2015 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise 
...  for hunt areas 110, 111, 112 and 113 during the Nov. 1-10 mule deer buck season. The count was up from 159 in 2014 but trailed the 2013 total of 242...

...will hold their next meeting at 5:30 p.m. on November 19, at the Valley Community Center in Baggs... Anyone interested in mule deer and their management in the BMDH is invited ...

Game and Fish considers adding protections to big game migration routes November 7, 2015 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... recent mule deer research has shown their movements are surprisingly precise. Pathways trickle together like county roads that merge into highways before becoming interstates.  Those paths, with food-rich spots along the way, allow Wyoming’s elk, deer and pronghorn to take advantage of the best seasonal vegetation ...

New Study Looks At Why Elk Thrive While Mule Deer Don't November 5, 2015 Wyoming Public Media
... “Mule deer numbers have declined in the last couple decades by almost 40%. Here in Wyoming, the latest numbers seem to be between 36 and 38%. You go from 550,000 to 360,000, that's a pretty good drop in a very short amount of time.”...

Deer decoy nets citations in closed hunting area November 5, 2015 Wyoming, LocalNews8.com
... Wyoming Game and Fish officers issued four citations and five warnings after posing a mule deer decoy near the Wyoming-Idaho border in October.  The citations carried fines totaling $3,160...

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Devils Tower November 4, 2015 wyoming, Basinsradio
...  National Park Service (NPS) veterinarians recently confirmed the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a buck white-tailed deer at Devils Tower National Monument... it is not the first case in Crook County.  That case was detected only a few miles away, in 2008...

Wyoming Game and Fish seeks hunter input November 2, 2015 Douglas Budget
... this is the best way to gather large amounts of data from the public. The Hunter Harvest Surveys ... “We contact approximately 100,000 license holders annually, so hunters that provide an e-mail address and complete their surveys online help us reduce costs, about $2.50 per response.”...

Wyoming Game and Fish supports forest thinning project November 2, 2015 Billings Gazette
... thin and burn 20 square miles of Bridger-Teton National Forest ... the project could be a boon to elk and deer by improving habitat ...

Wyoming data: 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.  2016 Hunting Forecast. Deer populations are generally somewhat up in 2015 and 2016 after three mild winters that resulted in good fawn survival.  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 have been lifted in many regions. Mule deer populations are up in the Green River area.and the northern Big Horn. Down in the southernBighorn Basin from habitat decline, weather, and disease. Regional Summary   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 three year study is underway as part of the Mule Deer Initiative to explore 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.
      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 discovered in 1979 in deer at the Wyoming Fish and Game Department’s Sybille wildlife research facility.  The first recorded CWD infection in 1967 was among captive deer at a Colorado Division of Wildlife Research Facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.
     At least 544 wolves in 2015.

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 Wyoming Game & Fish recently returned to western Wyoming to assist in a study that is trying to determine what effects drought, habitat quality and development activity are having on mule deer numbers in that region. - April 6, 2015