UW Researchers to Detail Newly Discovered Deer Migration April 19, 2014 Wyoming

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UW Researchers to Detail Newly Discovered Deer Migration April 19, 2014 Wyoming, Gillette News Record
... A team of researchers including University of Wyoming scientists has documented the longest migration of mule deer ever recorded ... The latest discovery of the 150-mile mule deer migration, detailed in a new publication led by Sawyer and produced by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, demonstrates the need for further research into the movement of the state’s most prized big game animals ...


... Each spring, a herd of mule deer leaves the Red Desert and follows a trail of greening grass and retreating snow along the western slope of the Wind River Range. Months later, the animals arrive in the Hoback Basin south of Jackson, more than 150 miles away...

... “For a lot of our big-game populations, if they can’t migrate, they have to summer on low-elevation winter ranges, where they won’t get much forage,” ... As researchers and wildlife managers understand the importance of migration routes, they will be able to focus their energies on areas where animals spend the most time, which are areas that are the most important to conserve ...

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