Wyoming Deer News

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 after a mild 2014-15 winter 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