Wyoming Deer News
'National Geographic' snapper wants young people to get into the wild, antelope migration May 19, 2013 Wyoming, Bangkok Post
... National Geographic photographer Joe Riis ...documenting the migration of Wyoming's pronghorn antelopes. The antelopes have been making the 200km trek _ one of the longest among land mammals _ every autumn from the state's Grand Teton National Park to their winter habitat in the Upper Green River Valley, returning in the spring. The migration has been taking place for some 6,000 years, but as development has expanded, the antelope now face man-made hurdles, such as fences, roads and housing developments...
Meetings to discuss wildlife population targets May 15, 2013 Wyoming, The Billings Gazette
... The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information meetings in the Cody area to discuss herd management objectives: May 21 — Cody, Big Horn Federal Bank, 1701 Stampede Ave. ... May 21 — Thermopolis, Museum and Cultural Center, 700 Broadway St., ... May 22 — Worland, Washakie County Fairgrounds, 602 Fifteen Mile Road. ... May 23 — Greybull, Greybull Town Hall, 24 S. Fifth St.,
Chronic Wasting Disease closes in on Yellowstone May 14, 2013 Wyoming, The Wildlife News
... A new map from the Greater Yellowstone Coalition shows the areas where the disease has been detected in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are within 45 miles of winter elk feedgrounds and about 40 miles from Yellowstone Park’s northeast corner. The 2012 information reveals the farthest advance west of CWD in deer in Wyoming yet. Last year, three mule deer were found infected with CWD in Green River, Wyo.; an infected moose was found near Idaho in Star Valley, Wyo., in 2008.
"No Deer Feeding Ordinance" discussed by Lander City Council May 4, 2013 Wyoming, County 10
... A former law enforcement man himself, Councilor Buddy Spriggs asked who would enforce such a thing, adding that they’d have to “look in every old lady’s backyard.” ... Wyoming Game & Fish biologist Stan Harter [said] “It’s unfortunate that animals like that can be habituated to us ... But that’s how we domesticated animals.” ... There was no commitment by the council to draft a no feeding deer ordinance...
Winter Resource Selection by Mule Deer on the Wyoming-Colorado Border Prior to Wind Energy Development April, 2013 Wyoming, Ecology & Management, 2013
... We used data collected from global positioning system (GPS) collars fitted on female mule deer ... Resource selection by female mule deer revealed similar patterns between active (0600‒1800 hrs) and non-active (2100‒0300 hrs) periods. Deer selected most strongly for proximity to rock outcrops and shrubland, and average values of slope. Deer tended to avoid roads and grasslands; all other landscape features had minimal influence on resource selection (hazard ratios near, or overlapping, 1)... we developed two spatially-explicit maps that depicted probability of mule deer occurrence across the landscape...These maps offer guidance to managing mule deer populations, conserving important seasonal habitats, and mitigating development (e.g., wind energy) in areas identified as important to mule deer.
Platte Valley Habitat Partnership's (PVHP) Mule Deer Habitat Plan April, 2013 Wyoming
... The Platte Valley Habitat Partnership formed in May 2012 is a result of the Platte
Valley Mule Deer Initiative that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department
implemented in July 2011. The PVHP was developed to establish effective
partnerships in order to maintain and improve mule deer habitat throughout the
Platte Valley. The PVHP is comprised of private landowners, concerned citizens,
hunters, outfitters ... One of the outcomes of the Partnership includes this comprehensive habitat management plan designed to be implemented collaboratively between all interested stakeholders...
Game and Fish seeks volunteers for 2013 deer mortality survey April 25, 2013 Wyoming, Green River Star
Volunteers will assist the department in surveying if the winter was difficult for deer. These surveys will look at the Wyoming Range and Uinta mule deer herds in western Wyoming. The first survey takes place May 4 around the Cokeville area...
Volunteers Needed for 20th Annual Deer Mortality Surveys April 19, 2013 Wyoming, Kugrnews.blogspot
... According to Gary Fralick and Jeff Short, wildlife biologists and survey coordinators, the annual surveys are conducted on mule deer winter ranges to assess overall mortality for the herds, and to evaluate which age classes have been impacted ... For more information on the Cokeville surveys contact Thayne Wildlife Biologist Gary Fralick at 307-883-2998. For more information on the Leroy surveys contact Mountain View Wildlife Biologist Jeff Short at 307-782-6810.
Montana allows motorists to salvage road kill, but in Wyoming, it's a poaching offense April 18, 2013 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... This week, it became legal in Montana to salvage and eat deer, elk, antelope and moose that have been hit and killed by cars. Similar legislation died in the Wyoming Legislature this year.
Mule Deer Foundation Announces Phase IV of the Farson Landowners Landowners’ Landscape Initiative April 16, 2013 Wyoming, AmmoLand.com
... approved and funded by the Wyoming Legislature and the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust at $339,170.00. This project, on 196,000 acres of private and public (BLM) lands near Eden and Farson in Southwest Wyoming, is in the fourth of five phases designed to enhance habitat for wildlife and livestock in a multiple-use agricultural community...
G&F is proposing to reduce doe/fawn licenses for deer and antelope again this season March 30, 2013 Wyoming, County 10
... G&F Wildlife Biologist Stan Harter said mule deer were “hurt pretty severely” in a the region due to drought and loss of habitat ... While doing counts, Harter said he saw a number of deer that appeared to be in decent condition but also some that were not too healthy. “There were a lot of those does and fawns that are very very skinny,” .. Last year, G&F reduced a significant number of doe and fawn licenses to encourage growth in the population. This year, even more are being cut....
Game herds feel drought impact; state changing seasonal quotas March 28, 2013 Wyoming, The Ranger
... Sportsmen say the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is managing game responsibly with 2013's big game seasons... "The deer out in the desert, they have been suffering one of the worst years in history," game warden Chris Daubin said... "I think the hunting quotas are pretty much right on with what they need to be ... There will be people who are upset that the quotas have been cut." ... [Don Scott who attended the meeting]
G&F to hear hunters on '13 west Wyoming season March 18, 2013 Wyoming
... poor shrub production on winter ranges has biologists worried about deer in the Wyoming Range Herd and the Sublette Herd,which includes the Jackson area. Those seeking to comment on season proposals can do so through April 1...
Researchers begin largest mule deer study in Wyoming March 13, 2013
Casper Star-Tribune Online
... With about $500,000 and three years ... The study is part of the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative, which began in 2007 in response to declining herd numbers... The Wyoming Range herd had more than 50,000 deer in the late ‘80s and plummeted to about 30,000 today... Researchers began capturing mule deer does ... and placed a GPS collar around its neck ...
Wyoming tries high-tech to prevent deer-in-the-headlight crashes March 11, 2013 Los Angeles Times
... Morgan Graham ... with the Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools, is the lead investigator in a study with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to determine whether new high-tech highway reflectors can prevent collisions between vehicles and deer.... not detectable to the human eye, are meant to discourage deer from approaching until vehicles have passed...
Chronic wasting disease vaccine study under way March 10, 2013 March 10, 2013 Laramie Bommerang
A multi-year study conducted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department ... Chronic wasting disease was first identified in captive deer at the research unit in 1979, and almost all deer and elk now housed there will eventually contract it, either from their surroundings or from other infected wildlife .. Terry Kreeger, chief wildlife veterinarian for Game and Fish, predicted the vaccinated group will live longer than the unvaccinated one... developed in Canada ...
WYDOT studying if highway reflectors are preventing deer-vehicle collisions February 27, 2013 Wyoming, The Republic
... The Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools are evaluating effects of wildlife warning reflectors this winter around Thermopolis...
Roadkill bill off the ground in Wyoming Senate February 7, 2013 Casper Star-Tribune Online
...House Bill 144... allows permit holders to use the carcasses for whatever they desire: furs, racks, teeth or food... Jonathan Root is a legislative aide to Zwonitzer. Root pushed Zwonitzer to move the bill because he hates to see dead deer and antelope rot away on the side of the state’s roads and highways.
Research shows slight decline in big game antler, horn size February 4, 2013 Wyoming, Phys.Org
In analyzing more than 22,000 records compiled by the Boone and Crockett Club over the past 108 years, the researchers found a small but statistically significant decline in trophy horn and antler size for 25 categories of North American big game animals, including mule deer, moose and elk.... The most likely explanation, [Kevin] Monteith says, is that heavy harvest of males may have resulted in a gradual shift toward younger males ...
Mule deer with unusual rack dies January 14, 2103 Wyoming Public Media
The buck mule deer with the unusually branched forty-inch antlers had become a visitor favorite, the subject of photos and even some YouTube videos.But over the last couple of weeks, rangers began monitoring his limp. Soon after, the buck bedded down and died. [see video below]
Litter leads to Wyoming poaching conviction January 10, 2013 Wyoming, Billings Gazette
Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens charged Matthew Mulcare and Joel Newberry in late December as suspects in the poaching of two buck deer ... Pinedale warden Jordan Kraft ... found a can of Copenhagen long cut chewing tobacco... a store in Boulder ... surveillance photos from the store showed two men, Mulcare and Newberry, buying the drink and chewing tobacco ...
Wyoming's largest poaching case wraps up after 3 years January 10, 2013 StandardNet
... 38 Wyoming wildlife officials ... three years of research, interviews, pleas and trials, the case is drawing to a close. It spanned 12 states and involved nearly 20 people. All of the major players have been sentenced.
Deer, Wildlife to Likely Struggle Through 2013 Winter January 2, 2013 Wyoming, K2 Radio
On the heels of one of the driest summers on record, and with snowpack levels currently below average, officials with Wyoming Game and Fish say population levels could drop significantly after this winter for mule deer and other Wyoming wildlife ...
Green River, Difficult summer affects deer population January 2, 2013 Wyoming, Green River Star
... Due to increased stress from the drought as well as winter storms, deer have been spotted wandering around the city... The Green River City Council adopted an ordinance banning people from feeding deer... According to information from the WGF’s Keep Your Mule Deer Wild initiative, Mule deer given supplemental feed likely starve during the winter because their digestive systems are highly specialized. [appropriate supplemental feeding can improve survival rates]
Trapping and tagging: Data helps biologists understand deer migration December 26, 2012 Wyoming, Rawlinstimes
... Wildlife biologist Tony Mong with Wyoming Game and Fish is leading an effort to trap and mark deer using the wildlife underpass five miles north of Baggs on Highway 789... “Over the next four years crews will be trapping up to 100 deer per year and attaching the traditional ‘visual’ ear tags and, on a subset of deer, a ‘visual’ white collar to make sure we achieve a viable mark-resight sample size,”
Wyoming Landmark, Family Business & Wildlife Conserved December 14, 2012 AmmoLand.com
... The Nature Conservancy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked together to fundraise for and purchase a conservation easement on 1,950 acres ... The iconic landscape is part of the Rock Creek watershed and home to elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, mountain lions and antelope.
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Wyoming data: Mule deer population of between 450,000 and 500,000 from 2001 to 2011. A population of about 600,000 in 1991. Harsh winters in 1978-79, 1983-84, and 1992-93.
The Stop Poaching Tip Line is 877-WGFD-TIP
Other useful links:
' - Platte Valley Habitat Partnership's (PVHP) Mule Deer Habitat Plan April, 2013
- Citizens for the Wyoming Range
- Wyoming Game and Fish Department
- Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
- Habitat Mission: Promote and maintain the availability of high quality habitat to sustain and enhance wildlife populations in the future.
Platte Valley Mule Deer: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has begun a discussion with the public on the future of the Platte Valley mule deer herd--one of the state's most treasured herds. The video below explains some of the issues facing these deer and how you can get involved.
Attitudes Toward Mule Deer Management in the Platte Valley This study was conducted for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to determine mule deer hunters’ opinions on mule deer hunting and mule deer management in the Platte Valley
Mule Deer As habitat loss and fragmentation increase across ungulate ranges, identifying and prioritizing migration routes for land-use planning ... . This approach was applied to a migratory mule deer population in a pristine area of southwest Wyoming, where 2,000 gas wells and 1,609 km of pipelines and roads were proposed for development.
Herd Population Management: "Wherever possible, biologists establish an “objective” for each herd, a target population size that has been set in cooperation with landholders, hunters, and other interested members of the public. Like identifying herds, setting population objectives for each herd can be a challenge. It’s hard to get precise counts of most big game herds; it may be even more difficult to measure the ever-changing relationship between animals and their forage, and different groups of people often have different ideas of how many animals they want. But choosing a specific number of animals for each herd— an objective—provides state biologists, federal land managers, politicians, landholders, and the general public with a benchmark for making decisions about big game management. ."
Wyoming's Mule Deer Management Action Plan Apply the best available science, within budgetary considerations, to monitor deer ...