Deer herd in jeopardy April 15, 2011 Wyoming Population

Deer herd in jeopardy  April 15, 2011  Wyoming  Population  Jackson Hole News&Guide
 mule deer herd hit hard by energy development in Sublette County would likely suffer further if such development is allowed in the Noble Basin southeast of Jackson, wildlife advocates said Thursday. A substantial portion of the herd relies on Noble ...

A U.S. Forest Service draft document examining a plan to drill 136 wells from 17 drill pads in Noble Basin fails to include not only Sawyer’s data, but other research showing the importance of the area to wildlife, said Bill Alldredge, a wildlife ecologist and former professor at Colorado State University.

“Their data show that the Noble Basin area is an extremely important wildlife corridor,” Alldredge said. Forty-two of the deer Sawyer tracked — “a significant portion of the [mule deer] sampled,” Alldredge said — moved through Noble Basin.

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