Deer declines trigger mitigation, anger March 1, 2011 Wyoming






Deer declines trigger mitigation, anger March 1, 2011  Wyoming  Sublette Examiner  By Ron Aiken

Sublette Examiner  Feb 28, 2011



According to the Pinedale Anticline Project Office’s 2010 mule deer report, mule deer abundance on the Mesa was 60-percent lower in 2009 than 2001, with a nine-year overall declining trend of 36 percent.

From 2001 to 2009, deer abundance has declined by 36 percent for the Mesa herd. Since winter drilling began on the Mesa in 2008, the Mesa herd has declined by 45 percent.


To recap, winter drilling was not permitted according to the original Record of Decision issued by the BLM in 2000. However, operators later petitioned BLM to allow winter operations, citing various factors and that lobbying resulted in the successful re-issuing of the Record of Decision for the Pinedale Anticline that was signed in 2008. The 2008 ROD allowed for winter activity but also included many provisions operators would have to live up to including the installation of liquids-gathering systems, a five-year suspension of drilling on the flanks of the Anticline and the establishment of concentrated drilling areas within a six-mile radius to protect wintering herds.



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